Leading the Memorial Tournament this Saturday, Jon Rahm was forced to leave the competition after testing positive for the coronavirus. Cruel for the Spaniard who misses a title that stretched out his arms to him in Ireland.
Jon Rahm ended Saturday in tears despite a superb performance at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin. In the wake of a third day of competition in the lead with six strokes ahead of his first pursuer, the Spaniard was informed of a positive Covid-19 test concerning him. The epilogue of a week where the defending champion will have shone despite the risk of contamination.
Contacted with a positive person at the end of last week, Jon Rahm was considered a contact case and subjected to a rigorous protocol since Monday. Tested every day and negative each time, the Spaniard has not escaped the coronavirus this time.
Rahm wants to come back even stronger
In the race to afford a record performance in this event (a card of -18 in three days), Jon Rahm also missed out on the pretty bonus promised to the winner of the Dublin tournament. The world number three will therefore not pocket the check of approximately 1.4 million euros.
“I’m very disappointed to have to retire from the Memorial Tournament. It’s one of those things that happens in life, one of those times when the way we react to failure defines us as people, then has the unfortunate 26-year-old golfer reacted on social media. I am very grateful that my family and I are doing well. I will take all the necessary precautions to stay healthy, and can’t wait to return to a golf course as soon as possible.”
The PGA, which did not specify whether the Spaniard has been vaccinated against Covid-19, assured that he was asymptomatic. The winner of the USPGA 2020 is subject to quarantine until June 15.
Second behind Rahm, the American Colin Morikawa took the opportunity to take the reins of the Memorial Tournamement and shared the provisional first place with his compatriot Patrick Cantlay thanks to a card of -12 under par. The two men could well compete for the final victory this Sunday. Under the watchful eye of a Jon Rahm inevitably annoyed at not being able to fight with them.