Heartbroken Jon Rahm forced to withdraw from Memorial Tournament after testing positive for Covid

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Heartbroken Jon Rahm is EXCLUDED from Memorial Tournament moments after finishing his final round with a SIX-shot lead because he tested positive for Covid…and he misses out on the £1.2million top prize

  • Jon Rahm has been forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament
  • He was told he had tested positive for Covid-19 after the third round
  • The Spaniard had built a six-shot lead at the top of the standings
  • Rahm is now missing out on £1.2m prize money for the competition competitie

Jon Rahm, a heartbroken, was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19 moments after gaining a six-shot lead at the top of the standings.

The Spaniard had hit an incredible 64 to put himself in pole position and take home the £1.2m prize money, but his test result means he must now withdraw from the competition.

The world number three had hit a hole-in-one in the second round before three birdies in the third brought him to 18 under par, equaling Ben Hogan’s tournament record for lowest score in three rounds.

A heartbroken Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19

A heartbroken Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19

Rahm had hit an incredible 64 to put himself in the poll position and take home the £1.2m prize pool

Rahm had hit an incredible 64 to put himself in the poll position and take home the £1.2m prize pool

Rahm was approached by the tournament’s medical adviser after he played his final shot and was almost moved to tears after being made aware of the news.

The defending champion underwent daily tests after being told on Monday that he had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive.

Each of his previous tests was negative, but he will now have to isolate until June 15.

Rahm had undergone daily tests after being told he had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive

Rahm had undergone daily tests after being told he had come into close contact with someone who had tested positive

With the win in Dublin, Rahm would have joined Tiger Woods as the only repeat winner of the competition.

A statement posted on the PGA Tour’s website read: “On Monday evening, May 31, the PGA Tour informed Jon Rahm that he was subject to contact tracing protocols because he had come into close contact with a person who was Covid positive. .

“According to the Tour’s Covid health and safety plan, Rahm was given the opportunity to compete in the competition and participate in our tracking protocol, which includes daily testing and limited access to indoor facilities. Rahm has remained asymptomatic.

Rahm has tested negative every day, but his most recent test – which was taken after the end of his second lap (rain delayed) and before the start of his third lap – was positive at about 4:20 p.m. (local time), while Rahm on the golf course.

The PGA TOUR medical adviser requested a confirmatory test on the original sample, which returned at 6:05pm and was also positive.

A win in Dublin would have seen Rahm join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winner

A win in Dublin would have seen Rahm join Tiger Woods as the only repeat winner

“The PGA Tour medical adviser notified Rahm immediately after his round was completed and according to Tour protocols, he will be withdrawn from competition.

“Rahm is now in isolation and in accordance with CDC guidelines, he must remain in isolation until Tuesday, June 15.”

The American duo Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay now lead the tournament with 12 under par.

It’s unclear what this means for Cantlay, Rahm’s playing partner. However, he has already had Covid and said he wasn’t too concerned.

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