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, (opens in new tab) has now tested positive for a second time.

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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 (opens in new tab), returned a positive sample after undergoing mandatory testing following his recent participation at The Open.

DeChambeau (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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
Freelance Staff Writer

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.