A stomach bug, not COVID-19, has left several participants in the Walker Cup feeling under the weather on the eve of the competition, which is scheduled to be played Saturday and Sunday at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.
The Walker Cup pits the top amateurs from the United States against those from Great Britain and Ireland every other year.
"Over the past 24 hours, a number of players from both the GBI and USA teams have been treated for gastrointestinal issues and are currently under observation by medical professionals at the teams' hotel," said a joint statement issued Friday by the USGA and RA. "All players from both teams have tested negative in their daily screenings and COVID-19 has been ruled out as the cause. The players have adhered to the strict health and safety guidelines established as a code of conduct for the match.
"The health and safety of the players and all involved in the match is our utmost priority and we are closely monitoring the situation. At this time, there is no expectation of a disruption to the timing of the matches of the biennial competition. We will provide additional updates if necessary."
Golf Channel reported Thursday that "a handful of competitors" had what was suspected to be food poisoning, though team doctors later ruled that out. Later that night, a few more players reported feeling ill.
The outlet said on Friday that 10 golfers, five from each squad, as well as U.S. captain Nathaniel Crosby and GBI captain Stuart Wilson didn't travel to the course for practice.
The Walker Cup is set to start Saturday with four foursomes matches. Both teams have two extra players with them should a player be too ill to compete.
--Field Level Media