Prior to the start of the Memorial, Rahm was notified he’d be subject to contact-tracing protocol, seeing that he had just recently come in contact with an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19. He was tested daily, as a result. Each test came back negative – until Saturday.
Rahm held a six-stroke lead after Saturday’s play and heading into the final round. That’s when he received the devastating news he’s tested positive for coronavirus and is being forced to withdraw from the Memorial. It’s truly an unprecedented circumstance, given Rahm’s placement on the Memorial leaderboard.
Spiranac is one of many who just can’t believe it. She called the incident “crazy” via Twitter Saturday evening. Take a look.
Jon Rahm has to WD because he tested positive for Covid. Crazy.
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) June 5, 2021
The sports world hasn’t seen such a bizarre series of events, in relation to the pandemic, take place since the NBA abruptly halted play in the midst of the 2019-20 season.
Jon Rahm received the news of his positive test just moments after he finished his Saturday round. Even the great Jim Nantz couldn’t make sense of what was happening.
Surreal TV moment as six-stroke leader Jon Rahm learns he tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to make sense of it without knowing what Rahm's been told pic.twitter.com/WvD6LmAlxs
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 5, 2021
Barring a collapse during Sunday’s final round, Jon Rahm would’ve gone on to win the Memorial for a second straight year. This year, the winner will receiver $1.674 million of the $9.3 million purse.
Obviously, Rahm’s health is of the upmost importance at the moment. We’re wishing him a speedy recovery.