In the midst of walking back to the clubhouse at the Memorial, he was met by PGA Tour officials. As nearby fans cheered on the 26-year-old for his stellar play, Rahm bent over, sick from the news he had just received.
PGA Tour officials informed Rahm he had tested positive and had to withdraw from the tournament, as a result. No golfer has received as crushing news in years.
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, as a result.
Jon Rahm forced to withdraw in The Memorial with a six stroke lead heading into the final round due to Covid tracing. Winner’s prize he will miss out on is $1.674 million.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 5, 2021
Here’s what the PGA TOUR had to say about Rahm’s positive test and withdrawal from the Memorial Saturday evening.
“[Jon] 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 statement reads. “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.”
We can’t even begin to imagine what Jon Rahm is going through right now. He was clearly crushed by the news, as he should be.
The 32-year-old was going to win the Memorial and $1.674 million in prize money. Now, he’ll be forced to enter isolation and watch the rest of the action on TV. What a bizarre turn of events.