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Jon Rahm hits takes six-shot Memorial lead… before positive Covid test forces his withdrawal

Rahm was notified of his bad luck after completing his third round -  Getty Images

Rahm was notified of his dangerous luck after finishing his third spherical – Getty Images

Jon Rahm examined positive for Covid-19 and was compelled to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament whereas holding a six-stroke lead after Saturday’s third spherical.

Rahm, who’s the third-ranked golfer on the earth, shot an eight-under-par 64 on Saturday and was at a tournament-record 18 below after three rounds.

“I’m very disappointed in having to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament. This is one of those things that happens in life, one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us as people,” Rahm stated in a press release posted to Twitter on Saturday evening. “I’m very thankful that my family and I are all OK. I will take all of the necessary precautions to be safe and healthy, and I look forward to returning to the golf course as soon as possible.”

Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay at the moment are the co-leaders at 12 below.

The PGA launched the next assertion Saturday afternoon:

“On the evening Monday, May 31, the PGA Tour notified Jon Rahm that he was subject to contact-tracing protocols, as he had come in close contact with a person who was Covid positive. Per the Tour’s Covid Health & Safety Plan, Rahm was given the option to remain in the competition and enter our tracing protocol, which includes daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities. Rahm has remained asymptomatic.

“Rahm has examined destructive day by day, however his most up-to-date test – which was carried out after the conclusion of his second spherical (rain delayed) and before the beginning of his third spherical – returned positive at roughly 4:20 p.m. ET whereas Rahm was on the golf course. The PGA TOUR’s medical advisor requested a confirmatory test on the unique pattern, which got here again at 6:05 p.m. ET, and was additionally positive.”

Rahm was notified instantly after the spherical. He is asymptomatic and might be in isolation by way of June 15, two days before the beginning of the U.S. Open.

The Tour additionally stated there have been solely 4 positive assessments (together with Rahm) inside competitors over the previous 50 tournaments, although Rahm is the primary positive, asymptomatic case.

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