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Jack Nicklaus Speaks Out on Jon Rahm’s Withdrawal at the Memorial Tournament

by Joe Rutland
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Golf legend Jack Nicklaus expressed sadness over seeing third-round leader Jon Rahm become forced out of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

Nicklaus, who hosts the golf tournament each year, went to Twitter and offered his thoughts on Rahm, who tested positive for COVID-19.

“I feel very bad for Jon Rahm,” Jack Nicklaus, known as “The Golden Bear” in his PGA Tour days, writes. “He’s played absolutely brilliant golf this week. Jon knew as early as Monday that he had come in close contact with an individual who tested COVID positive, and he followed all PGA TOUR protocols as it relates to contact tracing.”

Jack Nicklaus Writes Rahm Tested Positive For COVID-19 On Saturday

Rahm had a six-shot lead in the third round of the Memorial Tournament. PGA Tour officials approached him on the course and informed him that he’d tested positive. Rahm’s shocked expression is visible to everyone. PGA Tour and Memorial Tournament officials escort Rahm and his caddy off the course.

Jack Nicklaus also writes, “He tested negative throughout the week, but unfortunately tested positive today.

“There was no choice for the TOUR or Jon,” he writes. “On behalf of the Memorial Tournament, our hearts go out to Jon and his family, as well as all the patrons who witnessed a spectacular round by Jon—only to be negated by this horrible pandemic our world continues to endure.

“I wish Jon a speedy recovery and hope he gets back to competition soon,” Jack Nicklaus writes.

PGA Tour Notes Its Track Record Of Keeping Golfers Safe

release from the PGA Tour on Rahm’s withdrawal makes note of its track record regarding the virus over the past year.

It says what happened to Rahm 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 [the] competition,” the release reads. “Rahm is the first positive, asymptomatic case as part of the TOUR’s routine, contact-tracing protocols.”

Rahm entered the Memorial Tournament this week as its defending champion. Sadly, he will not be able to repeat as champ this year.

He, though, is asymptomatic and the hope is Rahm remains that way.