World No.1 Jon Rahm Out Of Players Championship

The World No.1 has withdrawn from the Players Championship due to illness

Jon Rahm at the Players Championship
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Jon Rahm has been forced to withdraw from this year's Players Championship prior to round two due to illness.

The World No.1 reportedly has a stomach virus so was unable to tee it up in his second round at TPC Sawgrass.

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Rahm posted a one-under-par 71 on Thursday, with his opening round featuring two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars. His putter was noticeably cold throughout the round as he showed plenty of signs that he could go low on the final three days.

He was part of the star grouping at this year's Players Championship featuring the world's top three players along with No.2 Scottie Scheffler and No.3 Rory McIlroy. They are playing Friday's second round as a two ball now. Both Scheffler and McIlroy can regain the World No.1 spot from Jon Rahm this weekend.

Rahm has won five times in his last ten starts, with three victories already in 2023 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, American Express and Genesis Invitational.

It remains to be seen when we see him tee it up next, with his next start likely going to be the WGC-Match Play later in the month.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV