Tony Finau tests positive for COVID, is out of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

LAS VEGAS – World No. 16 Tony Finau tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at (...)

Tony Finau tests positive for COVID, is out of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

LAS VEGAS – World No. 16 Tony Finau tested positive for COVID-19 and has been withdrawn from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.

“Earlier today, I received a positive result for Covid-19 under PGA Tour on-site testing protocols and have begun a period of self-quarantine to protect others around me,” Finau said in a tweet on Tuesday. “I am feeling well, and am otherwise in good spirits.”

“I look forward to returning to action as soon as I am able, and I wish everyone at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open a great week ahead!” Finau said in a follow-up tweet.

Finau tied for eighth in the U.S. Open in his most recent start.

First alternate Bronson Burgoon replaces Finau in the field.

The tournament begins Thursday.

Finau’s is the first on-site positive test since Branden Grace tested positive after the second round of the Barracuda Championship in August. Grace was tied for second place at the time. He also missed playing the following week’s PGA Championship.

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Titleist brings prototype Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls to Las Vegas

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted just about everything, but at least one time-honored tradition is rolling on like clockwork, the (...)

Titleist brings prototype Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls to Las Vegas

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted just about everything, but at least one time-honored tradition is rolling on like clockwork, the release of prototype Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls at the PGA Tour’s event in Las Vegas.

White boxes are distributed and put into players’ lockers every two years when the tour arrives at TPC Summerlin, and this year was no different. While Titleist’s ball factories and headquarters had to close during the pandemic’s height in the spring, the prototype Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls were manufactured at Titleist Ball Plant 3 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

reported last week, the company has been hiring scores of people to help it ramp up production once again.

Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x prototype balls. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Titleist Pro V1 at the 2000 Invensys Classic. That week, 47 players in the field switched into the new multi-layer, urethane-covered ball, including Billy Andrade, who went on to win.

Historically, Titleist brings prototypes of the three-piece Pro V1 and the four-piece Pro V1x balls to Las Vegas to get feedback from players, then makes the balls available to consumers in late January of the following year.

The company is not providing any details regarding modifications it has made to the balls at this time, but it is likely that the balls are receiving refinements instead of significant overhauls. Why? According to Titleist, about 73 percent of all the players on the PGA Tour last season used either a Pro V1 or a Pro V1x. That number jumps to 75 percent on the European Tour and 83 percent on the LPGA Tour.

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