Sports | June 6, 2021 12:05 pm

After Positive Covid Test, Jon Rahm Exits Memorial Tournament

He'd been leading at the time

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm plays a shot from the third tee during the second round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 24, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Something resembling normal life might be returning around much of the nation, but even with rising vaccination numbers, COVID-19 remains an ongoing concern — and one that can throw a wrench into the best-laid plans. Just ask Bill Maher or various New York Yankees, all of whom recently had to rearrange their schedules following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

The latest high-profile figure to test positive for the coronavirus is golfer Jon Rahm. Rahm was in the lead at this year’s Memorial Tournament — and had he continued on with his lead, he’d have been only the second golfer to win the tournament 2 years in a row. Instead, Rahm has dropped out of the competition after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a new article at Golf, James Colgan explored the circumstances of Rahm’s exit. The moment where Rahm learned of his positive test was televised, as tournament officials intercepted him near the 18th green to give him the results.

PGA Tour spokesperson Andy Levinson commented that, given the CDC’s recommended protocols — which require 10 days of isolation — “would not allow Jon to continue to participate.”

Colgan’s article goes deeper into the question of Rahm’s vaccination status at the time of the tournament. Rahm was initially tested because of the PGA Tour’s content-tracing policies — which, given this outcome, appear to have worked exactly as they’re supposed to. Unfortunately for Rahm himself, the timing was less than ideal.