THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tony Finau is feeling good, all issues thought of. And he is relieved. Not solely is he on his means again after contracting the coronavirus, however he has an enormous match to sit up for subsequent month.
“The silver lining for me is I am one hundred pc going to play within the Masters,” Finau mentioned Friday at Sherwood Nation Membership, the place he shot a second-round 64 within the Zozo Championship. He trails chief Justin Thomas by 3 strokes.
Finau realized so much about COVID-19 throughout his 10-day quarantine in Las Vegas after testing optimistic on Oct. 6, which pressured him to withdraw from the Shriners for Childrens Hospital Open two weeks in the past.
Amongst these classes is he is aware of he’s not contagious, regardless that he has examined optimistic 5 instances since his preliminary prognosis. Tips from the Facilities for Illness Management state that an individual can return to work 10 days following the onset of signs, offered there is no such thing as a fever.
Additionally they say that those that contract COVID-19 and expertise signs will probably proceed to check optimistic for weeks, regardless that they don’t seem to be contagious. So Finau doesn’t have to fret a couple of optimistic take a look at knocking him out of the Masters — a priority Phil Mickelson raised earlier this week.
Finau had hoped to play ultimately week’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, and the truth that he was nonetheless in Las Vegas made that simpler. He was cleared to apply on that Wednesday however didn’t really feel effectively sufficient to play.
“It simply wasn’t going to occur,” he mentioned. “I wasn’t feeling as much as it. I wanted one other week.”
Finau, 31, mentioned he began to expertise flu-like signs on Oct. 3. Two days later, he drove from his Salt Lake Metropolis house to the match in Las Vegas. He was examined the next day, with the optimistic end result forthcoming.
“For the primary 5 days, it received worse,” mentioned Finau, who was required by the PGA Tour to quarantine in Las Vegas for 10 days — with a $75,000 stipend offered. “I had large complications, physique aches. I did not really feel like doing something. It received me actually good — fatigue-wise. I am very lively. Work out very often. At all times taking part in golf or with my children and fairly lively. It knocked me down. There is not any query about it.
“For these 10 days, I did not really feel like doing something. I clearly did not get to apply. I misplaced my style and odor after about 4 days. Nonetheless haven’t got it again. That type of sucks; I am fairly a foodie. It was not the expertise I assumed I used to be going to have. Most guys are asymptomatic. They are saying in the event you’re younger and wholesome, it isn’t an enormous deal. I believe I gained some respect for the virus.”
Finau mentioned he doesn’t know the place he contracted the virus however was informed it probably occurred throughout a timeframe of 48 to 72 hours earlier than his signs set in. He questioned a couple of match the place he caddied for considered one of his children. He had not competed because the U.S. Open final month.
The PGA Tour has performed tournaments for 4 months, with a restricted variety of points resulting from COVID-19. The Tour has introduced 15 optimistic assessments amongst gamers it has examined. Three distinguished gamers have examined optimistic prior to now three weeks: Finau, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.
Ranked seventeenth on the earth, Finau has been busy because the PGA Tour’s restart following a 13-week break because of the pandemic. He performed 12 instances by the U.S. Open, the place he tied for eighth. He additionally tied for fourth on the PGA Championship and had three different top-10 finishes.
“It was worse than the flu and it lasted means longer,” he mentioned. “This was 10 days of a bit bit worse signs than the flu and fatigue. Not likely feeling like doing something. Not likely comfy in your pores and skin. It was fairly tough. However I am on the again finish of it and I am joyful about that.
“Not that I felt I used to be ever going to die, however it could take your immune system to a spot the place I can completely see being hospitalized from it and affecting your life. In a means, I gained a respect for the precise virus. Not that I wasn’t taking it significantly. However I perceive the measures which are being taken, whether or not you agree with it or not, it is in all probability the fitting factor to do.”
Finau didn’t start working towards once more till final Saturday. He had deliberate to play each Las Vegas occasions and the Zozo, so he misplaced two weeks of match golf, a little bit of a setback in his Masters preparation.
“I am simply attempting to be as wholesome as potential now,” Finau mentioned. “I’ve made some nice strides within the final week. Simply how my physique feels. I’ve received this week. I am taking part in Houston. Performed a fantastic spherical of golf as we speak which is big for me. And I believe [Augusta National] is a spot the place I can play effectively it doesn’t matter what.”