COVID Forces Jon Rahm to WD With Six-Shot Lead

Updated: Jun 6


Talk about the ultimate good walk spoiled.


Even though seven-day averages continue to drop to its lowest levels since the earliest days of the pandemic, there are still reminders of how COVID impacts normal life. Jon Rahm had opened up a commanding lead tying a 54-hole record at Muirfield Village Golf Club when officials told him that he would have to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament due to a positive test. Rahm was already subject to daily testing this week due to contract tracing earlier this week. He must now remain in isolation until June 15, the only silver lining is he is still eligible for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. The PGA Tour's nightmare scenario played out as the national telecast signed off, Rahm was issued a mask while being escorted to the clubhouse, with his caddy shooing away a cameraman. As one of 44 golfers who finished their second rounds of the delayed tournament in the morning, Rahm recorded a hole-in-one before coming back out to shoot a six-under 64, leaving him six shots clear of the field.


Rahm is reported to be asymptomatic, and had tested negative until Saturday morning. The second-ranked player in the world loses out on a likely $1.674 million pay day.


FanDuel is still paying off Rahm as a winning bet. No one would even wish this kid of luck on Bryson DeChambeau.