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Jon Rahm Forced to Withdraw from The Memorial Tournament While Up Six Strokes After Positive Tests

by Evan Reier
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Jon Rahm was in complete control of his weekend in Ohio until he wasn’t. The 26-year-old got awful news on Saturday afternoon.

As he walked off the 18th green on Saturday, six strokes ahead of the competition at The Memorial, he was told by PGA Tour officials that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Per a release by the tour, Rahm has been subject of contact-tracing tests since Monday. Jon Rahm had come in contact with someone that had tested positive. Per the PGA Tour’s guidelines, the tour informed him he could either withdraw from this weekend’s tourney or take tests each day of the week.

The Spanish golfer tested negative everyday since, but after taking a test after his second round on Friday, the result came back positive. Further, a confirmatory test was conducted to check, and also came back positive around 6 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Per the release, the PGA Tour also makes note of the COVID-19 track record over the past year or so.

“While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation,” the release reads. “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.”

Watch Jon Rahm Receive News of Positive Test

When Jon Rahm began to head to the clubhouse on Saturday, he was greeted by PGA Tour officials with the awful news. Coverage of the tournament was filming when he first heard the news, and you can watch the clip of his reaction below.

It’s an absolutely heartbreaking occurrence. No matter where he was sitting in the competition, it was going to hurt. But Jon Rahm came into the week as the defending champion, winning in incredible fashion in 2020. It goes without saying that being up by six strokes on the competition in that scenario and then losing it is a gut punch.

However, the silver lining is that Rahm has remained asymptomatic. That likely won’t quell the passionate Spaniard’s emotional pain. But remaining asymptomatic and unaffected by the virus is the best-case scenario, and it’s important to keep perspective.