If a golfer taking part in within the Ryder Cup later this week exams optimistic for COVID-19, a contingency plan is about, following a rarely-used rule involving secret names positioned in envelopes.
European captain Padraig Harrington mentioned on Tuesday mentioned that he and U.S. captain Steve Stricker agreed to have a “COVID envelope” along with an damage envelope — for use within the occasion that the coronavirus takes one in all their gamers out of competitors. The envelope contingency is simply crucial for the singles matches that conclude the three-day occasion.
Harrington and Stricker will place the names of three of their gamers into an envelope earlier than Sunday’s 12 singles matches. If one workforce has somebody pressured out by COVID-19, the opposite workforce would then sideline the highest participant from the COVID envelope checklist to re-balance the matches, and the purpose can be halved.
“There’s an injury envelope and there’s a COVID envelope, so that’s two separate envelopes at this stage,” Harrington mentioned.