THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tony Finau is feeling good, all issues thought of. And he is relieved. Not solely is he on his approach again after contracting the coronavirus, however he has a giant 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 stated 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 discovered loads about COVID-19 throughout his 10-day quarantine in Las Vegas after testing constructive on Oct. 6, which compelled 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, despite the fact that he has examined constructive 5 occasions 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, supplied there isn’t a fever.
In addition they say that those that contract COVID-19 and expertise signs will probably proceed to check constructive for weeks, despite the fact that they aren’t contagious. So Finau doesn’t have to fret a couple of constructive check knocking him out of the Masters — a priority Phil Mickelson raised earlier this week.
Finau had hoped to play finally week’s CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, and the truth that he was nonetheless in Las Vegas made that simpler. He was cleared to observe on that Wednesday however didn’t really feel effectively sufficient to play.
“It simply wasn’t going to occur,” he stated. “I wasn’t feeling as much as it. I wanted one other week.”
Finau, 31, stated he began to expertise flu-like signs on Oct. 3. Two days later, he drove from his Salt Lake Metropolis residence to the match in Las Vegas. He was examined the next day, with the constructive outcome forthcoming.
“For the primary 5 days, it acquired worse,” stated Finau, who was required by the PGA Tour to quarantine in Las Vegas for 10 days — with a $75,000 stipend supplied. “I had huge complications, physique aches. I did not really feel like doing something. It acquired me actually good — fatigue-wise. I am very lively. Work out very often. At all times taking part in golf or with my youngsters and fairly lively. It knocked me down. There is no query about it.
“For these 10 days, I did not really feel like doing something. I clearly did not get to observe. I misplaced my style and odor after about 4 days. Nonetheless do not have it again. That form 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 case you’re younger and wholesome, it isn’t a giant deal. I believe I gained some respect for the virus.”
Finau stated he doesn’t know the place he contracted the virus however was instructed it probably occurred throughout a timeframe of 48 to 72 hours earlier than his signs set in. He puzzled a couple of match the place he caddied for considered one of his youngsters. He had not competed for the reason that U.S. Open final month.
The PGA Tour has performed tournaments for 4 months, with a restricted variety of points attributable to COVID-19. The Tour has introduced 15 constructive checks amongst gamers it has examined. Three outstanding gamers have examined constructive prior to now three weeks: Finau, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.
Ranked seventeenth on this planet, Finau has been busy for the reason that PGA Tour’s restart following a 13-week break as a result of pandemic. He performed 12 occasions 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 approach longer,” he stated. “This was 10 days of just a little bit worse signs than the flu and fatigue. Probably not feeling like doing something. Probably not snug in your pores and skin. It was fairly tough. However I am on the again finish of it and I am glad about that.
“Not that I felt I used to be ever going to die, however it could possibly take your immune system to a spot the place I can completely see being hospitalized from it and affecting your life. In a approach, I gained a respect for the precise virus. Not that I wasn’t taking it significantly. However I perceive the measures which can be being taken, whether or not you agree with it or not, it is in all probability the suitable factor to do.”
Finau didn’t start training 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 making an attempt to be as wholesome as doable now,” Finau stated. “I’ve made some nice strides within the final week. Simply how my physique feels. I’ve acquired this week. I am taking part in Houston. Performed an excellent spherical of golf at this time which is big for me. And I believe [Augusta National] is a spot the place I can play effectively it doesn’t matter what.”