The RBC Heritage presented by Boeing continues Saturday at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head.
US Centers for Disease Control guidelines dictate the contact tracing tests as well as self-quarantine after positives, such as Watney is now undergoing at Hilton Head.
Watney, a five-times victor on the PGA Tour, played the first round on Thursday in a group with fellow Americans Vaughn Taylor and Luke List. Among the players Watney texted was Rory McIlroy, after they had shared a conversation on the putting green, but the Northern Irishman was not anxious.
"We were at a distance", confirmed the world number one who shot a six under par 65 to make it through to the weekend by two shots. "We've all got to keep that in the back of our mind and just be smart".
Watney was at the golf course - Brooks Koepka saw him in the parking lot, McIlroy chatted with him on the putting green and Si Woo Kim saw him in passing on the range. "So I said to him, if I was in your position, I probably would have been here too".
"It's one case", he said. We've got 36 holes to play at this tournament.
Fortunately, Watney travelled privately to the tournament and wasn't on a PGA Tour-provided chartered flight that transported players to SC.
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Watney was not on the PGA Tour chartered flight and travelled privately to Hilton Head'. The top seven players in the world rankings are scheduled to be in the field.
Watney missed the cut last week at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and drove home to Austin before flying to SC with Sergio Garcia, who also lives in Austin.
Since its resumption, the Tour has conducted nearly 1,000 tests before and during the Charles Schwab Challenge and the RBC Heritage event, which ended yesterday.
The guide also said at-home tests before traveling to a tournament are "strongly encouraged" but not required.
Upon arriving at a tournament, players and caddies must proceed to a testing site to receive a nasal swab test and thermal screening.
Watney tested negative for the coronavirus upon arrival at the course, as did the 368 other players, caddies and staff members involved with the event. Webb Simpson leads, with Bryson DeChambeau one shot back. SC had more than 21,500 confirmed cases, though Beaufort County - where Hilton Head Island is located - had just 721 confirmed cases.
"I'm thinking well right now, so I'd rather physical errors than mental errors".