In a single second, a dream match became a nightmare for Jon Rahm.
The world No. 3 golfer was compelled to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament on Saturday after testing optimistic for COVID-19. He was knowledgeable of the optimistic take a look at on air instantly after the third spherical, during which he had constructed up a commanding six-stroke lead.
The golfer was in tears after getting the information on stay tv:
The PGA Tour formally introduced the choice minutes later, saying that Rahm had examined unfavourable every single day of the match after coming into shut contact with an individual who had examined optimistic for COVID-19. His take a look at taken on Friday after the second spherical, nevertheless, returned optimistic whereas Rahm was on the course.
A second take a look at of the unique pattern additionally turned up optimistic, resulting in Rahm’s withdrawal from the match. The Tour referred to as it “an incredibly unfortunate situation.”
Had Rahm stayed within the match and held onto his lead, he would have gained a $1.67 million prize for first place.
At the time of his withdrawal, Rahm was 18-under for the match and 6 strokes forward of Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay for the lead. Morikawa and Cantlay are actually the co-leaders at 12-under.
Rahm, the match’s defending champion, had dominated all week, with a hole-in-one during the second round and a tournament-record 64 on Saturday. He was well-positioned to interrupt the match’s 72-hole file of 20-under, however will now enter isolation.
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