CBS NEWS – Jon Rahm was rolling in dominant fashion to his second consecutive Memorial Tournament win after an unbelievable 64 on Saturday at Muirfield Village.
Things took a devastating turn post-round, however, as he was alerted by the PGA Tour that he tested positive for COVID-19 and would be forced to withdraw from the tournament after three rounds.
“Rahm was on pace to win the Memorial on Sunday, barring a late collapse. Per Darren Rovell, Rahm will miss out on winning $1.674 million.” – The Spun
Rahm was informed by the PGA Tour on Monday that he was in contact tracing protocol as he was in close proximity to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Rahm tested negative throughout the week but a positive test popped up on Saturday while he was on the course. He was informed shortly after shooting his 64 — one of the best rounds on the PGA Tour all year — and immediately withdrew from the tournament.
The PGA Tour said in a statement:
“On the evening Monday, May 31, the PGA TOUR notified Jon Rahm that he was subject to contact-tracing protocols, as he had come in close contact with a person who was COVID positive.
“Per the TOUR’s COVID Health & Safety Plan, Rahm was given the option to remain in the competition and enter our tracing protocol, which includes daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities. Rahm has remained asymptomatic.
“Rahm has tested negative every day, but his most recent test — which was performed after the conclusion of his second round (rain delayed) and before the start of his third round — returned positive at approximately 4:20 p.m. ET while Rahm was on the golf course.
“The PGA TOUR’s medical advisor requested a confirmatory test on the original sample, which came back at 6:05 p.m. ET, and was also positive.
“The PGA TOUR’s medical advisor notified Rahm immediately upon completion of his round, and under TOUR protocols, he will be withdrawn from the competition.
“Rahm is now in isolation, and in accordance with CDC guidelines … ” Click here to read more.