Westwood: I went through ‘similar thing’ to Rahm


DUBLIN, Ohio — Lee Westwood was not at Muirfield Village Golf Membership this week, however he’s properly conscious of the state of affairs that Jon Rahm endured earlier than having to withdraw from the Memorial Match.

The distinction: Westwood by no means examined constructive for COVID-19 as Rahm did, forcing his exit regardless of a 6-shot lead via 54 holes.

Westwood, 48, tweeted Sunday that he skilled the identical factor as Rahm on the Gamers Championship in March, minus the constructive take a look at.

Rahm was in shut contact early final week with a COVID-19-positive individual and went via the PGA Tour’s contact tracing protocols, which required a adverse take a look at on daily basis of the week. Rahm, 26, handed all till Saturday. His take a look at between the second and third rounds got here again constructive as he was taking part in the again 9, with the pattern examined once more and returned simply as he was ending.

Upon strolling off the inexperienced, Rahm was instantly notified by PGA Tour personnel that he had examined constructive and would want to withdraw.

Westwood didn’t present particulars, however he completed second on the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March to Bryson DeChambeau after which was in the identical group with him the next week on the Gamers. Westwood ultimately completed second behind winner Justin Thomas.

All through the week of the Gamers, he would have been required to check on daily basis whereas additionally not having the ability to use the indoor amenities.

Westwood additionally responded to a number of questions from Twitter customers after saying, “Ask away if in case you have any questions you need answered.”

Requested whether or not Rahm ought to have been pulled off the course instantly, Westwood responded: “I consider he was notified as quickly as they retested the pattern (6:05 p.m.) They do it twice in case of a false constructive on the primary. Knowledgeable him right away. All shut contacts both isolate or get examined on daily basis, as Jon needed to all week being an in depth contact of anyone else.”

Requested in regards to the protocols for a participant deemed to be an in depth contact, Westwood stated: “You are given a separate room. You are not allowed within the clubhouse, participant eating locker room or any public areas.”

Requested how typically gamers should be examined, Westwood stated: “It is now vaccine dependent (not required if absolutely vaccinated), nevertheless it’s usually as soon as firstly of the week as quickly as you get there and earlier than occurring web site. Except you’ve got had an in depth contact then it is on daily basis between 7-9 within the morning or 3-5 within the afternoon.”

Requested whether or not Rahm ought to have withdrawn earlier within the match for the sake of bettors who put some huge cash on Rahm, Westwood answered facetiously: “Sure the PGA Tour ought to base all their choices across the punters [gamblers].”

Requested in regards to the chance that exams could possibly be manipulated or if there must be extra backup situations, Westwood stated: “The PGA Tour will not be looking for individuals constructive. They provide the gamers the utmost time and each potential state of affairs to play and alternative to play. Withdrawing individuals is the final resort.”

Westwood additionally stated the tour’s timing in telling Rahm was not “excellent” and stated he was “not assured to win” regardless of his 6-stroke lead.

Westwood, who’s ranked twenty seventh on this planet, has 44 worldwide victories in his profession, together with 25 on the European Tour. He’s subsequent scheduled to play on the U.S. Open.


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