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LPGA Tour player tests positive for coronavirus

The Blade, Toledo, Ohio — Kyle Rowland The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

July 29-- Jul. 29--The first day on-site at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness has coincided with the tour's first positive coronavirus test.

Gaby Lopez, who won the Tournament of Champions in January, has withdrawn and is self-isolating.

The LPGA and local health officials are contract tracing to limit the spread.

"I was very excited to get back to playing on tour after this long break and, while I'm disappointed that I'll have to wait a little longer, I am glad that I was able to get tested and to make sure I do not put anyone else at risk," Lopez said.

"I am self-isolating and will be following all the CDC 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."

Lopez took her test on Monday. Results take 24 to 36 hours. Players are permitted to access the golf course and practice facilities while awaiting test results, but cannot enter the clubhouse, locker room, or fitness trailer, and must social distance outdoors.

LPGA protocols require Lopez to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. On the 10th day, she will take another saliva test and undergo a medical evaluation to determine if she is cleared to return to competition.

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