After a dazzling 64 on the third round of the Memorial Tournament, Jon Rahm had a six stroke lead over the field and was primed to cruise to a victory on Sunday. But a COVID-19 diagnosis ended all of that.
Video from CBS shows that Rahm was informed of his positive test right after finishing his round. As a result, he is forced to withdraw from the Memorial. Even if no one finishes with a better score than him, he still won’t get to take home the trophy.
The video of Rahm’s reaction is gut-wrenching. The 26-year-old golf star practically reels over, palming his face before being escorted off the golf course.
“No way,” Rahm says in frustration. “Not again.”
Jon Rahm…with a 6 shot lead at Memorial…finds out AFTER HIS ROUND that he’s tested positive for COVID-19.
That means he has to withdraw. As the leader by 6…
Just unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/AqtqNA75kH
— TJ Eckert (@TJEckertKTUL) June 5, 2021
The PGA Tour informed Jon Rahm last week that he had to undergo contact-tracing protocols after he came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. He was given the option to remain in the Memorial and enter the PGA Tour’s tracing protocol, which included daily testing.
In a statement, the PGA Tour explained that Rahm’s positive test was discovered during his round today. As a confirmation test, they performed a second one soon after, which came back positive just after 6 p.m. EST.
Now that he’s tested positive, Rahm must remain in isolation until June 15.
Rahm is only the fourth positive test through the last 50 PGA Tour events. But his is by far the most devastating.