Golfer and his caddie ventured beyond the ‘tournament bubble’ for a meal at this week's English Championship, prompting the tour to take action in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
Disqualified: John Catlin from this week’s English Championship after the American golfer and his caddie visited a restaurant Tuesday night outside of the “tournament bubble” at Hanbury Manor in Ware, England, the European Tour announced. In a statement Wednesday morning, the tour said the player and his caddie breached the tour’s COVID-19 protocol. “I apologize to my fellow players and everyone involved with the tournament this week for this error of judgment,” Catlin said. “I understand the European Tour’s decision and accept the sanction.” Play was scheduled to begin today (tee times) in the third of six consecutive tournaments in Britain as part of the tour’s U.K. Swing on the revised 2019-20 schedule. Catlin, 29, a Californian who played college golf at New Mexico, won three times on the Asian Tour in 2018, earning player-of-the-year honors and a spot on the European Tour. He added the Thailand Open title in November. Catlin made three cuts in as many starts since the European Tour’s season restart last month, including a tie for eighth at the Austrian Open, and is ranked No. 242 in the world.
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