Gaby Lopez withdraws from Drive On Championship, the LPGA’s return to competition this week, and faces a minimum 10-day quarantine before she can be re-evaluated for reinstatement
Confirmed: By the LPGA, that the women’s tour has recorded its first positive coronavirus test among one of its touring professionals. Gaby Lopez of Mexico withdrew from the LPGA’s Drive On Championship, which begins Friday at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. She reportedly is in self-isolation and working with the LPGA and health officials on contact tracing. Under the LPGA’s health protocols, Lopez, 26, will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days, after which she will be re-evaluated for possible reinstatement. Lopez, who is No. 44 in the Rolex Rankings, won the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Jan. 20 for her second LPGA victory. The LPGA also confirmed that Marina Alex tested positive during the pre-travel phase of the tour's screening. Alex is asymptomatic, the LPGA said, and withdrew from this week's tournament. She is expected to play next week at the Marathon LPGA Classic in nearby Sylvania. This week represents the LPGA’s return to competition after a five-month suspension because of the global coronavirus pandemic.
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