DUBLIN, Ohio – The formulation was all the identical – 18 holes, complete scores, even a playoff gap tossed in for good measure – however the last spherical at the Memorial was not regular.
“There’s maybe a little hint of something I can’t quite put my finger on,” mentioned Patrick Cantlay, who beat Collin Morikawa on the primary further gap for his second victory at Muirfield Village. “But the emotions I feel out there and the focus that it took today was just as any other tournament.”
Unsaid in that evaluation was one of many strangest days in PGA Tour historical past after Jon Rahm, who was using a six-stroke lead and a record-tying 54-hole complete, was compelled to withdraw from the occasion after testing constructive for COVID-19.
It was at all times going to be surreal for Cantlay and Morikawa, who have been caught in Rahm’s contact-tracing wake after having been paired with the Spaniard this week, and it began virtually instantly after studying of Rahm’s plight.
“It took me an hour or so to really just digest what had happened,” Morikawa mentioned. “He deserved to go out and play really well and he was 18 under. The rules are rules and you have to follow guidelines.”
Both gamers completed with 1-under 71s for 13-under totals, which suggests Rahm would have needed to solely shoot a 74 to win outright.