European Tour Statement on Max Schmitt

The European Tour has withdrawn Max Schmitt from this week’s Italian Open after the German was identified as a contact of his caddie Charel Weis, who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

Schmitt, who has not exhibited any symptoms, was tested upon arrival at Chervò Golf Club on Monday afternoon as part of the pre-tournament screening process, and has since produced a negative result, but has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution following consultation with public health authorities in Italy.

In accordance with Italian public health guidelines, Schmitt and Weis are now in self-isolation and the European Tour and its medical team will support both individuals throughout that period. All other player and caddie tests have been negative.

Schmitt has been replaced in the tournament by Scotland’s Craig Howie.