Memorial leader Rahm forced out by positive test


DUBLIN, Ohio — Jon Rahm, leading the Memorial Tournament by six strokes, was informed following Saturday’s third round that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was withdrawn from the tournament.

Rahm was given the news by PGA Tour medical personnel as he walked off the 18th green at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where he immediately broke down.

According to the PGA Tour, Rahm was notified on Monday that he would be subject to contact tracing protocols after coming into close contact with a person who was positive for COVID-19. He was given the option of remaining in the tournament with the stipulation that he would need to be tested every day.

Rahm had tested negative every day, but his most recent test — performed following the conclusion of his second round and before the start of his third — returned a positive result while he was on the golf course Saturday.

Rahm, who shot an 8-under 64, has been asymptomatic, the tour said. He will need to remain in isolation through June 15, two days before the start of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

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