Jon Rahm withdraws from Memorial Tournament after positive COVID-19 test
Jon Rahm was forced to withdraw from the memorial tournament on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour reported.
Rahm was informed of the test result after completing his third round. He shot a 64 under par of 8 and had a six-stroke lead after 54 holes at 18 under par for the tournament.
Surreal TV moment as six-time leader Jon Rahm learns he has tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to figure it out without knowing what Rahm was told pic.twitter.com/WvD6LmAlxs
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The PGA Tour said in a statement that Rahm was subject to contact tracing this week because he was a close contact of someone positive for COVID. He chose to go into the PGA tracing protocol, which led to daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities. Rahm is asymptomatic.
His test between round two and three came back positive at 4:20 p.m. ET on Saturday while he was on the course, the PGA Tour reported. A second confirmatory test came back positive at 6:05 p.m.
Rahm will be isolated for the next 10 days according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which the PGA Tour follows. He is expected to remain isolated until June 15, which puts his participation in the US Open at risk. The major is scheduled to begin on June 17th.
On the tournament side, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay are the new co-leaders at 12 and under. Cantlay was on the course with Rahm with Scottie Scheffler in their line. There was no information on the impact of its positive result on their participation.