When you thought you had seen everything COVID-19 could throw at you, the PGA Tour delivered one of the strangest sports moments that took place in the entire pandemic.
Jon Rahm had a six-stroke lead at the end of third round of the Memorial in Ohio on Saturday. And then he walked off the course and a PGA official informed Rahm he had tested positive for COVID and had to withdraw from the final round.
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 delivered the following statement:
PGA TOUR Statement on Jon Rahm pic.twitter.com/HvMmWLCHeq
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) June 5, 2021
Rahm finished his rain-delayed second round in the morning and wound up with a stellar 64. He followed that with a 65 to build a six-stroke lead.
As he walked off the course, a PGA official delivered the news and Rahm was shocked and overcome. He will need to remain in isolation through June 15, two days before the start of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
“While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation, throughout 50 events since the PGA Tour’s return to golf, there have been only four positive tests (including Rahm) within competition,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. “Rahm is the first positive, asymptomatic case as part of the Toru’s routine, contact-tracing protocols.”
Collin Marakawa and Patrick Cantlay now head into the final round Sunday tied at 204. Branden Grace and Scottie Scheffler are three strokes back.
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
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