Sergio Garcia was disheartened by Nick Watney starting to be the 1st PGA Tour player to exam positive for coronavirus.
“I felt terrible for Nick for the reason that he’s likely a single of the nicest fellas on Tour,” Garcia reported Saturday, in accordance to Golfing Digest. “Unfortunately, it experienced to come about to him. So there’s a lot of other individuals that possibly deserved it a ton far more than him, and he’s the a person that obtained it.”
Watney, 39, had to withdraw immediately after the initially spherical of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head just after testing constructive. He ought to self-isolate for 10 days, for every the Tour’s safety suggestions.
The 40-yr-old Garcia was apprehensive simply because Watney rode with him on his private jet from Colonial in Fort Truly worth to the Heritage, and both analyzed destructive for COVID-19 on arrival. Garcia has considering that tested adverse all over again.
“I was a tiny little bit scared mainly because, naturally, we knew—I gave him a experience on Tuesday, but when we landed on Tuesday, we obtained examined. We had been the two damaging. So it was all excellent,” Garcia explained to Golf Digest. “Then I was amazed to listen to that he tested beneficial two times, three days later on. Definitely, I received my take a look at done yesterday, and I was unfavorable. But it was about 4 1/2 hours of waiting, quite anxiously, hoping that it was unfavorable because, naturally, following lacking the lower very last 7 days by one and this 7 days last but not least actively playing nicely in the 2nd spherical and becoming in the center of the pack, if I would have offered positive, then I would not be in a position to participate in on the weekend, and I would have been incredibly, extremely disappointed.
“Nick is unbelievable. He’s a superior friend. He was quite apprehensive about me. He sent me several texts. I talked to him. He ought to have mentioned sorry to me in all probability 25 situations.”