Whenever an individual in the sports world tests positive for COVID, the immediate question and concern is who did that individual come in contact with? For Jon Rahm, he spent the afternoon at the Memorial playing and interacting with five others: two players and three caddies.
Rahm spent round three at the Memorial playing alongside Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler. Neither appears to be concerned about the fact they spent the day with Rahm, who had to withdraw from the Memorial after testing positive.
“I’ve already had COVID, so, yeah, I’ve got to imagine I have antibodies, so I don’t feel too concerned,” Cantlay told reporters on Saturday, via golf writer Jason Sobel.
Scheffler echoed a similar sentiment. He explained that he’s already dealt with the virus and doesn’t want to answer questions about the vaccine.
“I don’t feel very concerned,” Scheffler said. “I had COVID. I’m not going to say whether or not I got vaccinated.”
From Jon Rahm's R3 playing partners…
Patrick Cantlay: "I've already had COVID, so, yeah, I've got to imagine I have antibodies, so I don't feel too concerned."
Scottie Scheffler: "I don't feel very concerned. I had COVID. I'm not going to say whether or not I got vaccinated."
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) June 5, 2021
It’ll be interesting to see how the PGA TOUR handles this situation. Will Cantlay or Scheffler be eligible to continue competing?
Regardless, Rahm is done. He had to withdraw from the Memorial on Saturday evening after he had wrapped up Saturday’s third round. To make matters worse, he was six strokes ahead of the second-place score. Had he gone on to win on Sunday, Rahm would’ve won $1.674 million in prize money.
Rahm has had immense success at the Memorial. He won the tournament last year. It’s a shame we don’t get to see him do it again on Sunday.