World No.6 Webb Simpson will be the highest-ranked player in the field this week at the PGA Tour's stop in Detroit as he returns to competition after his family had a coronavirus scare.
One of Simpson's daughters tested positive for COVID-19, leading to him withdrawing from last week's tournament as a precaution.
"The first test was positive, but (she) got tested again by the more accurate tests, along with my other four kids and my wife, and everyone was negative," Simpson said on Wednesday, a day before the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
"So we felt confident that she never had it."
Simpson, who leads the Tour in FedExCup points and scoring average, is attempting to become the PGA Tour's first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year.
Most importantly he is trying to stay healthy.
And Simpson does not believe that doing his job is putting him or his family at risk.
"I mentioned to the commissioner last week that based on our numbers, our stats, I told him the safest place anyone can be in the United States right now is on the PGA Tour," Simpson said.
“I mentioned to the commissioner last week that based on our numbers … The safest place anyone can be in the United States right now is on the PGA Tour.” – Webb Simpson
"But I do think the elephant in the room and the tough thing that they're dealing with every week is these positives."
Chad Campbell withdrew from this week's event on Tuesday after becoming the sixth player to test positive for the coronavirus as the PGA Tour entered a fourth week of its season restart.
The Tour policy requires self-isolation for at least 10 days.
Earlier this week, Harris English tested positive and also withdrew from the tournament.
While the PGA Tour has resumed play, the pandemic is keeping the fans away.
The field in Detroit includes just 18 of the top 50 in the world rankings and none of the top five.
In the previous three PGA Tour events, the top five competed each week.
Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau – the only player with top-10 finishes in each of the past three tournaments – Patrick Reed and England's Tyrrell Hatton are among the favourites to earn the winner's share of US$1.35 million (AU$1.95m) at the Donald Ross-designed Detroit Golf Club.