Jon Rahm tests positive for coronavirus, Rahm stormed into a six-shot lead at The
Memorial before being informed he tested positive for COVID-19, and was forced
to withdraw from the tournament and will have to remain in isolation until June 17 –
two days before the start of the US Open.
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Rahm took the blow on the chin and said: “This is one of those things that happens
in life, one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us as people.
“I’m very thankful that my family and I are all OK. I will take all of the necessary
precautions to be safe and healthy, and I look forward to returning to the golf course as
soon as possible.”
The devastating turn of events denies Rahm the chance to become the first player since
Tiger Woods 20 years ago to win back-to-back at “Jack’s place”, and leaves Patrick Cantlay
and Collin Morikawa as joint-leaders heading into the final round.
A PGA Tour statement confirmed that Rahm had been tested every day this week after
it was determined he had come into close contact with someone who had already tested
positive, and the Spaniard’s positive result was clarified while he was still on the course
in his third round.
The world No 3 will now have to self-isolate for a 10-day period which ends on Tuesday,
June 15, giving him only one day to travel to Torrey Pines and prepare for the US Open.