Heartbroken Jon Rahm is ejected from the Memorial Tournament shortly after he finished his final round by a SIX shot lead for testing positive for Covid … and he missed the £ 1.2m grand prize
- Jon Rahm has to retire from the Memorial Tournament
- He was told that he tested positive for Covid-19 after the third round
- The Spaniard had achieved a six-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard
- Rahm will now miss the £ 1.2 million prize pool for the competition
A heartbroken Jon Rahm had to retire from the memorial tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after building a six-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.
The Spaniard had hit an incredible 64 to put himself in pole position to take home the £ 1.2million prize pool, but his test result means he must now withdraw from the competition.
The world number three hit a hole-in-one in the second round before three birdies in the third round left him at 18 under par, which was Ben Hogan’s tournament record for the lowest three-round score.
Heartbroken Jon Rahm had to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament after being told he had tested positive for Covid-19
Rahm had reached an incredible 64 to put himself in the polling position to take home the £ 1.2 million prize pot
Rahm was approached by the tournament’s medical advisor after his last shot and was almost moved to tears at the news.
The defending champion had undergone daily tests after being told on Monday that he had come into close contact with a person who had tested positive.
Each of his previous tests had returned negative, but he must now isolate himself until June 15.
Rahm had had daily tests after being told that he had come into close contact with a person who tested positive
If he won in Dublin, Rahm would have been the only repeat winner of the competition to join Tiger Woods.
A statement posted on the PGA Tour website said: “On the evening of Monday, May 31st, the PGA Tour notified Jon Rahm that he was subject to contact tracing logs for having come into close contact with a Covid-positive person.
“As per the tour’s Covid Health and Safety Plan, Rahm was given the opportunity to stay in the competition and participate in our traceability protocol, which includes daily testing and limited access to indoor facilities. Cream remained asymptomatic.
“Rahm tested negative every day, but his final test – which was taken after his second round was completed (rain delayed) and before his third round started – was positive around 4:20 pm (local time) while Rahm was” on the golf course .
“The PGA TOUR medical advisor requested a confirmatory test of the original sample, which came back at 6:05 pm and was also positive.
If he won in Dublin, Rahm would have come to Tiger Woods as the only repeat winner
“The PGA Tour medical advisor notified Rahm as soon as his round was completed, and according to tour protocols, he will be banned from the competition.
“Cream is now isolated and must remain isolated until Tuesday, June 15th, according to CDC guidelines.”
The Americans Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay now lead the tournament with 12 under par.
It is unclear what this will mean for Rahm, the play partner Cantlay. However, he already had Covid and said he wasn’t too worried.