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Golfer Jon Rahm forced to withdraw from Memorial Tournament after positive Covid-19 test

Rahm was main the event after the third spherical with a 6-stroke cushion over his closest rivals.

“I’m very disenchanted in having to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament,” he mentioned in a statement posted on Twitter Saturday. “This is a kind of issues that occurs in life, a kind of moments the place how we reply to a setback defines us as folks. I’m very grateful that my household and I are all OK.”

The PGA Tour mentioned Rahm was positioned involved tracing protocols on Monday after officers realized he had been in shut contact with somebody who was Covid-19 positive.

Rahm elected to stay within the event and endure every day testing and have restricted entry to indoor services at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

He remained asymptomatic and examined unfavourable each day, the PGA Tour mentioned. But a test carried out after Rahm accomplished his rain-delayed second spherical on Saturday morning returned a positive consequence as did a confirmatory test on the unique pattern, in accordance to the PGA Tour.

The Tour’s medical adviser knowledgeable Rahm of his test outcomes upon completion of his third spherical and, following Tour protocols, he was withdrawn from the competitors.

Rahm will stay in isolation for the subsequent 10 days in accordance with CDC tips.

“While that is an extremely unlucky scenario, all through 50 occasions for the reason that PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, there have been solely 4 positive assessments (together with Rahm) inside competitors,” the PGA Tour mentioned in its assertion. “Rahm is the primary positive, asymptomatic case as a part of the TOUR’s routine, contact-tracing protocols.”

In his Saturday assertion, Rahm mentioned he’ll take all the required precautions “to be secure and wholesome” and appears ahead to returning to the golf course as quickly as doable.

“Thank you to the entire followers for his or her assist and I’m trying ahead to watching the showdown tomorrow afternoon with you all,” he added.

CNN’s Jacob Lev contributed to this report.

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