Jon Rahm And Bryson DeChambeau Out Of Olympics After Positive Covid Tests

Jon Rahm And Bryson DeChambeau Out Of Olympics After Positive Covid Tests

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DeChambeau had not yet travelled to Japan, whilst Rahm has tested positive for the second time in two months.

Jon Rahm And Bryson DeChambeau Out Of Olympics After Positive Covid Tests

Golf at the Olympics was dealt a big blow as two of the sport's biggest names were forced to withdraw due to positive Covid tests.

Rahm, who was forced to withdraw from the Memorial whilst leading back in June, has now tested positive for a second time.

Bryson Rahm Olympics

Jon Rahm gets shuttled away after testing positive for COVID-19 after the third round of the Memorial Tournament. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

The Spaniard, who won the US Open after his self isolation, returned a positive sample after undergoing mandatory testing following his recent participation at The Open.

DeChambeau, on the other hand, tested positive for Covid before his departure to Tokyo. He will now be replaced by Patrick Reed, but there is no time to find a replacement for Rahm.

"I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA," said DeChambeau.

"Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour to make this team. I wish Team USA the best of luck next week in Tokyo.

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"I will now focus on getting healthy, and I look forward to returning to competition once I am cleared to do so."

His replacement, who finished 11th at the 2016 games, will now become a two-time Olympian. Reed said: "I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo.

"I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country."

The Olympic golf competition gets underway at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x