Covid-19 test costs Jon Rahm Memorial Tournament win, hampers US Open chances


Positive Covid-19 test costs Jon Rahm Memorial Tournament win and will also hamper his US Open chances as he only has ONE day of Grand Slam training

  • Jon Rahm will only practice for one day for the US Open major
  • He had to drop out of the Memorial Tournament because of a positive Covid test
  • Bryson DeChambeau’s team is angry at Brooks Koepka’s Twitter video
  • Koepka offered fans beer if they wanted to harass his rival DeChambeau

Jon Rahm more than lost a chance to defend his Memorial title when he tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, forcing him out of the Ohio event he led by six shots with one round to play.

His 10-day period of self-isolation will give him just one day of training ahead of the US Open, which happens to take place at a Torrey Pines track where the Spaniard took his first win on the PGA Tour.

What a tumultuous day in Muirfield Village, as enraged members of Bryson DeChambeau’s team sought out Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to find out what action he will take regarding Brooks Koepka’s video on Twitter, in which he offered crates of beer to fans. which had been discarded for interrupting the mad scientist.

Jon Rahm will have little practice for US Open after testing positive for Covid-19

Rahm was heartbroken when he had to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament

Rahm was heartbroken when he had to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament

This was a very different video from the hilarious video that had brought the ‘Bryson-Brooksie’ feud to a wider audience, and one that clearly didn’t so much defy game etiquette as obliterate it.

Rather than react and stir the situation, DeChambeau leaves it in Monahan’s hands.

“It’s something the Tour has to deal with,” said the Californian, whose next event will be the defense of his US Open title.

“I have tried several times to take the main road and from my perspective I will continue to do so.”

As for Rahm, he had just delivered a brilliant day of golf, starting with a hole-in-one as he completed his second round and then a 64 to take control of the tournament. Or so he thought.

Rahm told officials early in the week that he had mixed with someone who had subsequently tested positive.

In accordance with Tour protocols, he was tested after each round – all were negative until Saturday.

Members of Bryson DeChambeau's team are outraged by Brooks Koepka's comments

Members of Bryson DeChambeau’s team are outraged by Brooks Koepka’s comments

Koepka offered fans free crates of beer if they wanted to harass his rival DeChambeau

Koepka offered fans free crates of beer if they wanted to harass his rival DeChambeau

“I am very disappointed, but this is one of those things that is happening, and I will take all necessary precautions to be safe and sound,” Rahm said in a statement.

Jack Nicklaus, who is organizing the tournament, added: ‘Our hearts go out to Jon and his family as well as the fans who witnessed his spectacular round only to have it wiped out by this terrible pandemic. But the Tour had no choice.’

Instead of playing for second place in the final round, American duo Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay were tied for the lead. DeChambeau started 12 shots back.

Meanwhile, at the US Women’s Open in San Francisco, day one, Derby leader Mel Reid, suffered a horror third round on Saturday, registering three sixes in her last five holes for a 78 that saw her off the field. tumble to tie. 23rd place. American Lexi Thompson led through one going into the final lap over 19-year-old Yuka Saso from the Philippines.

At the Porsche European Open in Germany, Englishman Matthew Southgate, who plays in his 177th Tour event and is still looking for his first win, is with Australia’s Maverick Antcliff leading on today’s final lap. Paul Casey is tied 20th.