TOKYO — Jon Rahm continues to test positive.
The first set of bad news came after the third round of the Memorial Tournament in June, when Rahm walked off the track with a six-shot lead only to find out that a Covid-19 test he had taken came back positive. The price of the result was the $1.7 million payday he would almost certainly earn.
This week, the 26-year-old Spanish golfer’s quest for Olympic gold was once again derailed by the same adversary: the Covid-19-causing coronavirus. Rahm tested positive on the third test he had to take before traveling to Tokyo for the games.
The surreal sequence of events was made even more surprising by another detail: Rahm was vaccinated.
“I would have loved to have been the first Spanish Olympic gold medalist in golf, but unfortunately fate had other plans,” he said. wrote on Twitter in Spanish and English. “This is a great reminder for all of us that we are still in a pandemic.”