Jon Rahm walked off the 18th green after tying a record of 54 holes and creating a six-match lead that nearly made him join Tiger Woods as the memorial’s sole winner.
Moments later, he was doubled and said: “Never again” when told he had tested positive for coronavirus and resulted in his retirement. The commanding performance included a Saturday morning hole-in-one to finish his second round. It was followed by eight under par 64 to tie two records in the memorial.
The PGA Tour says Spaniards have come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means Rahm can only play if he gets tested every day. Every test since his arrival on Monday has come back negative. except for the test after his second round. which finished on Saturday morning
A positive test was confirmed when Rahm was playing the 18th hole, knowing nothing. except that no one is near him on the leaderboard.
“This is one of those things that happen in life. The moment we react to failure makes us people,” Rahm said in a statement he posted on Twitter.
His immediate response was to put on a mask and go to the scoring room to sign the card. knowing that he will not play the final
Tour said Rahm remained asymptomatic. Andy Levinson, Tour’s senior vice president, which oversees Covid-19 protocols, could not say whether Rahm was vaccinated and Rahm was not mentioned in his statement.
Players who are fully vaccinated 14 days after the vaccination cycle will not be tested due to close contact. Levinson said “above 50%” of players have been fully vaccinated.
Per tourism policy, Rahm was withdrawn from the memorial, giving Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa a lead at 12-under-par 204.
“It’s the worst situation for something like that to happen. And he played great today. And it’s really unfortunate,” Cantley said.
Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler, who played against Rahm in the third round, both said they had tested positive for coronavirus despite more than 90 days past. Must follow contact tracking protocols? According to the interview, Levinson said none of Rahm’s playing counterparts on Saturday were cleared.
It was a shocker by the time Rahm was nearly perfect in the back nine, running 6 birdies in the eight-hole stretch to turn the lead from one shot into a six-shot cushion. Breaking Woods’ largest 54-hole lead record in 2000.
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The world number 3 must self-isolate for 10 days, ending June 15, the Tuesday of the US Open at Torrey Pines, where Rahm won his first PGA Tour four years ago. That would give him only one practice session on the conditional US Open course.
Even the chance of a false positive test could not save Rahm. Under the protocol recommended by the Tour’s CDC, players must return two negative tests 24 hours apart to end their 10-day separation. That’s the rule against Rahm from playing on Sundays.
“I feel really bad for Jon Rahm, he’s been playing great golf this week,” tournament founder Jack Nicklaus said on social media. “On behalf of the Memorial Tournament, my condolences to Jon and his family. including all the patrons who have witnessed Jon’s exciting turn – only to be rejected by the horrible plague our world continues to endure.”
The second round didn’t end until Saturday morning due to rain delayed earlier in the week. Rahm returned to hole-in-one on the 16th to take the lead and he finished 65 to create two leads.
Tour said his test came back positive at 4:20 p.m. by the time Rahm began withdrawing. The tour’s medical advisor asked to perform a confirmation test on the original sample. and returned shortly after 6 p.m. Two officers were waiting for him as he walked out of the green. And Rahm’s reaction made thousands of fans around. Green wondered what happened.
Scheffler couldn’t see Rahm behind the green and wasn’t sure what happened when he walked into the scoring room to sign his card. He said Rahm looked disappointed. “He just went: ‘Good luck tomorrow’ and I was like: ‘Thank you so much, you played well too.’ I’m just really confused,” Shevler said. ‘No sir, I just tested positive’ my heart sank. It’s too bad that happened. I think it sucks that they tell him in front of the camera. It stinks to him.”
Rahm is the fourth player to test positive during the tournament. Since the Tour returned to play in Texas a year ago, He was the first asymptomatic positive patient as part of the Tour’s contact follow-up protocol.
It’s unclear who contacted Rahm, leading to the follow-up. Levinson said only Tour discovered the contact was through someone else who had tested through the program.
Rahm lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his wife gave birth to their first child in April. Rahm hasn’t played since the PGA Championship two weeks ago. While playing in pro-am on Wednesday, Rahm was making his way to the 16th tee when an audience member asked for an autograph. “I’m sorry, I can’t,” he said. “I’m in contact.”
He didn’t mention it for the rest of the week while building his six-match lead. With the win, Rahm was able to come one step closer to capturing the world No. 1 again. along with making more than $1.67 million