Jon Rahm forced to withdraw from Memorial Tournament after positive Covid-19 test

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Rahm led the tournament after the third round with a 6-stroke cushion over his closest competitors.

“I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from the memorial tournament,” he told A declaration posted on Twitter on Saturday. “It’s one of those things that happens in life, one of those times where the way we react to a setback defines us as people. I’m so thankful that my family and I are all going good.”

The PGA Tour said Rahm was placed in contact tracing protocols on Monday after officials learned he had been in close contact with someone positive for Covid-19.

Rahm chose to stay in the tournament and undergo daily testing and have restricted access to the indoor facilities at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

He remained asymptomatic and tested negative every day, the PGA Tour said. But a test taken after Rahm completed his rain-delayed second round on Saturday morning gave a positive result, as did a confirmatory test on the original sample, according to the PGA Tour.

The Tour medical adviser informed Rahm of his test results at the end of his third round and, in accordance with Tour protocols, he was withdrawn from competition.

Rahm will remain in isolation for the next 10 days according to CDC guidelines.

“While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation, in 50 events since returning to golf from the PGA TOUR, there have only been four positive tests (including Rahm) in competition,” said the PGA Tour in its press release. “Rahm is the first positive and asymptomatic case in routine TOUR contact tracing protocols.”

In his statement on Saturday, Rahm said he would take all necessary precautions “to be safe and healthy” and look forward to returning to the golf course as soon as possible.

“Thank you to all the fans for their support and I look forward to watching the showdown tomorrow afternoon with all of you,” he added.

Jacob Lev of CNN contributed to this report.



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