Jon Rahm missed out on a golden alternative to win his sixth PGA Tour title after being pressured to withdraw from the Memorial Match after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
The 26-year-old Spaniard was main the match by six photographs after the third spherical and was lengthy odds on to defend the title that he received final yr and bag the £1.67m first prize.
Nonetheless, after strolling off the 18th inexperienced on Saturday afternoon he was greeted by officers bearing the unwelcome information that he had examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Reflecting on his misfortune, Rahm, who now has to isolate for 10 days, mentioned: “That is a type of issues that occurs in life, a type of moments the place how we reply to a setback defines us as folks. I’m very grateful that my household and I are all OK. I’ll take all the mandatory precautions to be protected and wholesome, and I stay up for returning to the golf course as quickly as potential.”
A press release from the PGA Tour learn: “On the night Monday, Might 31, the PGA Tour notified Jon Rahm that he was topic to contact-tracing protocols, as he had are available shut contact with an individual who was Covid optimistic. Per the Tour’s Covid well being & security plan, Rahm was given the choice to stay within the competitors and enter our tracing protocol, which incorporates each day testing and restricted entry to indoor amenities. Rahm has remained asymptomatic.
“Rahm has examined destructive on daily basis, however his most up-to-date take a look at – which was carried out after the conclusion of his second spherical (rain delayed) and earlier than the beginning of his third spherical – returned optimistic at roughly 4.20pm Japanese Time whereas Rahm was on the golf course. The PGA Tour’s medical advisor requested a confirmatory take a look at on the unique pattern, which got here again at 6.05pm ET, and was additionally optimistic.
“Whereas that is an extremely unlucky state of affairs, all through 50 occasions because the PGA Tour’s return to golf, there have been solely 4 optimistic exams (together with Rahm) inside competitors; Rahm is the primary optimistic, asymptomatic case as a part of the Tour’s routine, contact-tracing protocols,” the assertion added.
Earlier than the unhealthy information broke, Rahm was trying like a champion in ready after he had fired rounds of 69, 65 and 64 to take a commanding six-stroke lead.
Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay have been joint second, however after Rahm’s misfortune, the pair now maintain a three-shot lead over the chasing pack, which is led by South Africa’s Branden Grace.
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