Jon Rahm: “I was sorry to be forced to retire”

He dominates the second and third rounds, makes a hole in one, takes the lead with 6 shots ahead of his opponents, mortgages an encore of successes in the tournament and then is forced to retire because he is positive for Covid-19. Resounding on the PGA Tour of golf. In Dublin, Ohio (United States), Jon Rahm was forced to leave the Memorial Tournament. Already from the evening of Monday 31 May the Spanish champion had been placed in the crosshairs of the top American men’s green circuit because he came into contact with a person who later proved positive. Subjected to daily tests, the world number 3 was stopped at the end of the third round following the result of a swab carried out at the end of the second round. A new test also confirmed the positivity of the Iberian ace, who had no choice.

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“I’m really sorry – Rahm’s statements – it’s part of the things that happen in life, but the most important thing now is that my whole family is fine. I will take all necessary precautions and I hope to get back to playing as soon as possible”.

After making him the tournament in 2020, the 26-year-old from Barrika (Basque Country) was now one step away from back-to-back to emulate Tiger Woods, the last player (in 2000-2001) to consecutively win The Memorial . And with an overall score of 198 (69 65 64, -18) Rahm was one step away from the company. Six shots ahead of their rivals, the Americans Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa, now both in the lead (after the Spaniard’s forfeit) with 204 (-12). Rahm with this score was able to match Woods who, in 2000, after 54 holes played, boasted a gap of 6 strokes ahead of Steve Lowery. But not only. He made the same score signed in the tournament by Scott Hoch in 1987 after the “moving day”. And this is also thanks to the spells and hits of a champion. Like the “hole in one” – the third in his career on the PGA Tour – made in the second round (completed just before the start of the third due to the delay due to bad weather accumulated in the first), at hole 16 (par 3) with a 8 iron and from 183 yards (over 167 meters).

No way. The last act of The Memorial will not see the Spaniard as the protagonist, who now also risks missing the US Open, scheduled from 17 to 20 June in La Jolla, California. And to think that Rahm with a success in Dublin would have conquered the second position in the world ranking and put the leadership of Dustin Johnson in the crosshairs. A terrible joke. And now The Memorial Tournament is preparing for the final sprint. Morikawa and Cantlay the favorites to the title. With Brande Grace and Scottie Scheffler, both 3 / i with 207 (-9), ready to play their chances.