Jon Rahm forced to withdraw from Memorial with 6-shot lead due to positive Covid-19 test
Jon Rahm, leading the Memorial Tournament by 6 strokes, was informed following Saturday's third round that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was withdrawn from the tournament.
Rahm, ranked second in the world, was given the news by PGA Tour medical personnel as he walked off the 18th green at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where he is the defending champion.
"I'm very disappointed in having to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament. This is one of those things that happens in life, one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us as people," Rahm wrote in a statement posted to Twitter on Saturday evening. "I'm very thankful that my family and I are all OK. I will take all of the necessary precautions to be safe and healthy, and I look forward to returning to the golf course as soon as possible.
"Thank you to all of the fans for their support and I'm looking forward to watching the showdown tomorrow afternoon with you all."
According to the PGA Tour, Rahm was notified on Monday that he would be subject to contact tracing protocols after coming into close contact with a person who was positive for COVID-19. Per the PGA Tour's health and safety plan, Rahm was allowed to remain in the tournament with the stipulation that he be tested every day and was restricted from using indoor facilities, such as the clubhouse and locker room.
"Rahm has 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 -- returned positive at approximately 4:20 p.m. ET while Rahm was on the golf course. The PGA TOUR's medical advisor requested a confirmatory test on the original sample, which came back at 6:05 p.m. ET, and was also positive.
"The PGA TOUR's medical advisor notified Rahm immediately upon completion of his round, and under TOUR protocols, he will be withdrawn from the competition. Rahm is now in isolation, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, he will need to remain in isolation through Tuesday, June 15.
"While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation, throughout 50 events since the PGA TOUR's Return to Golf, there have been only four positive tests (including Rahm) within competition; Rahm is the first positive, asymptomatic case as part of the TOUR's routine, contact-tracing protocols."
Rahm, who was looking for his first win of 2021, was in full control of a difficult golf course. He was first in strokes gained off the tee, on approach shots and from tee to green as well as second in putting. He'd gained a preposterous 21 strokes (!!) on the field through 54 holes against one of the best non-major fields of the entire year. 스포츠토토
"I'm very disappointed in having to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament," Rahm said on Twitter. " This is one of those things that happens in life, one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us a people. I'm very thankful that my family and I are all OK. I will take all of the necessary precautions to be safe and healthy, and I look forward to returning to the golf course as soon as possible. Thank you to all of the fans for their support and I'm looking forward to watching the showdown tomorrow afternoon with you all."
That showdown will now feature Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, who are both 12 under, six back of where Rahm was after 54 holes. They will play together late on Sunday at a course where both have won tournaments over the last two years -- Cantlay at the 2019 Memorial and Morikawa at the 2020 Workday Charity Open.
"I'm sure it's not as much of a jolt for me as it is for him," said Saturday playing partner Cantlay of Rahm's WD."Like I said, a little bit earlier, it's the worst situation that something like this could happen in, and unfortunately I guess we knew that this was a potential lurking out there even when we came back to golf. It's just extremely unfortunate."