Jon Rahm was rolling in dominant trend to his second consecutive Memorial Match win after an unbelievable 64 on Saturday at Muirfield Village. Issues took a devastating flip post-round, nonetheless, as he was alerted by the PGA Tour that he examined constructive for COVID-19 and could be compelled to withdraw from the event after three rounds.
Rahm was knowledgeable by the PGA Tour on Monday that he was involved tracing protocol as he was in shut proximity to somebody who examined constructive for COVID-19. Rahm examined destructive all through the week however a constructive take a look at popped up on Saturday whereas he was on the course. He was knowledgeable shorty after capturing his 64 — the most effective rounds on the PGA Tour all 12 months — and instantly withdrew from the event.
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“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 constructive,” The PGA Tour mentioned in an announcement. “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 day by day testing and restricted entry to indoor services. Rahm has remained asymptomatic.
Rahm has examined destructive daily, 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 constructive at roughly 4:20 p.m. ET 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 6:05 p.m. ET, and was additionally constructive.
The PGA TOUR’s medical advisor notified Rahm instantly upon completion of his spherical, and underneath TOUR protocols, he will probably be withdrawn from the competitors. Rahm is now in isolation, and in accordance with CDC pointers, he might want to stay in isolation by Tuesday, June 15.
Whereas that is an extremely unlucky state of affairs, all through 50 occasions for the reason that PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, there have been solely 4 constructive assessments (together with Rahm) inside competitors; Rahm is the primary constructive, asymptomatic case as a part of the TOUR’s routine, contact-tracing protocols.”
Rahm, who was on the lookout for his first win of 2021, was completely in full management of a tough golf course. He was first in strikes gained off the tee, on strategy photographs and from tee to inexperienced in addition to second in placing. He’d gained a preposterous 21 strokes on the sphere by 54 holes in opposition to the most effective non-major fields of all the 12 months.
“I am positive it isn’t as a lot of a jolt for me as it’s for him,” mentioned enjoying accomplice Patrick Cantlay of Rahm’s WD.”Like I mentioned, slightly bit earlier, it is the worst state of affairs that one thing like this might occur in, and sadly I assume we knew that this was a possible lurking on the market even after we got here again to golf. It is simply extraordinarily unlucky.”
Nonetheless, any individual else will win now take residence the event title. Collin Morikawa and Cantlay are each 12 underneath, six again of the place Rahm was after 54 holes, however will play collectively late on Sunday with the event on the road. Each of those golfers have gained tournaments at this course during the last two years — Cantlay on the 2019 Memorial and Morikawa on the 2020 Workday Charity Open.