DUBLIN, Ohio – In his six a long time within the recreation, Saturday’s surreal scene across the 18th inexperienced at Muirfield Village was a first for Jack Nicklaus.
Nicklaus watched, like the remainder of us, PGA Tour officers inform Jon Rahm, who had simply tied the 54-hole scoring file for a six-stroke lead on the Memorial, that he should withdraw from the event after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
Rahm had been concerned in contract tracing after being in shut proximity with a one who had COVID-19. Under the circuit’s protocols he was allowed to stay within the event however he needed to take a look at after every spherical and following the completion of the weather-delayed second spherical he examined optimistic.
Nicklaus stated he spoke with Tour commissioner Jay Monahan who had been involved with Rahm.
“He said Jon has handled it really well. He said he handled it with a lot of class and that he’s very proud of him. I would think Jon would handle it that way,” Nicklaus stated. “He understands we have rules and unfortunately the rules are not something that you may like but they are the rules we have right now. You have to abide by them.
“I don’t know how you send him a trophy for three-quarters of a tournament but I’d certainly like to.”
It was the scene across the 18th inexperienced late Saturday and Rahm’s emotional response that stood out for Nicklaus.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything that affected an individual that much. Particularly in that position in the tournament. That was a tough thing to swallow for everybody,” he stated