Jon Rahm Tests Positive For Covid Whilst Leading Memorial Tournament

Jon Rahm Tests Positive For Covid Whilst Leading Memorial Tournament

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After producing a scintillating eight-under-par third round to lead the Memorial, Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw after being informed that he had come into contact with someone who was Covid positive.

Jon Rahm Tests Positive For Covid Whilst Leading Memorial

The Spaniard, who was on course to defend his Memorial title, had been dominating the event, sitting six shots clear of Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay.

Stepping off the 18th green, Rahm looked ecstatic after his superb back-nine of 30 put him in command.

But his elation soon turned to tears, with a PGA Tour official informing Rahm that he would be withdrawn from the event after coming into contact with someone who had Covid.

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In a statement released by the PGA Tour, it was reported that: "Rahm was subject to contact-tracing protocols, as he had come into close contact with a person who was Covid positive.

"Per the Tour’s Covid Health & Safety Plan, Rahm was given the option to remain in the competition and enter our tracing protocol, which includes daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities. Rahm has remained asymptomatic."

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It went on to say that the 26-year-old had "tested negative every day, but his most recent test, which was performed after the conclusion of his second round (rain delayed) and before the start of his third round had returned positive.

"A second test on the original sample also returned positive meaning that Rahm was forced to withdraw from the event."

The sudden turn of events is heart-breaking for the Spaniard, who was aiming to become the first player since Tiger Woods, to win back-to-back at Muirfield Village.

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Rahm with Jack Nicklaus after winning the 2020 Memorial Tournament. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Rahm will now undergo a period of isolation, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, will need to remain in isolation till Tuesday 15th June.

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With the US Open starting at Torrey Pines on the 17th June, we hope to see Rahm safely return.

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.

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