LPGA's Marina Alex tests positive for coronavirus, to miss Drive On Championship

Ruben Hill
August 1, 2020

She has withdrawn from LPGA Drive On Championship.

Gaby Lopez had the positive test result out of the 233 given to players and caddies at the tournament.

Lopez, the world number 44 and twice an LPGA tour victor, said she was self-isolating in accordance with safety guidelines.

They are the only two LPGA players to test positive so far.

In a message on Twitter, Alex reported that she tested positive for the virus during her pretest screening.

"I am very fortunate that I have not experienced any symptoms of Covid over the last 9 days", said Alex. In the last seven days, she said, she has tested negative for the coronavirus three times.

"I am self-isolating and will be following all the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and LPGA guidelines to get back to competing on tour in a safe manner. I'm feeling good and looking forward to when I can return to playing on Tour". Thank you again to my doctors and sponsors for their support. She has withdrawn from this week's Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio.

The 54-hole tournament at Inverness Club, which is also the site of next year's Solheim Cup, is the first of two consecutive spectator-free LPGA events in OH with next week's Marathon Classic in nearby Sylvania. Lopez was the only positive test, though two other player tests are still pending, after initial testing was inconclusive.

Lopez, 26, has self-isolated and is working with the LPGA and area health officials on contact tracing. The LPGA tested golfers and caddies prior to travel, and also upon arrival in Toledo.

World number one Ko Jin-young and Park Sung-hyun (3) are among a number of top global players who have made a decision to sit out the LPGA restart because of COVID-19 concerns and are instead sheltering at home while playing the Korean LPGA Tour. She said she was in self-isolation.

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