Jon Rahm will not be able to continue to defend his title at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
According to the PGA TOUR, Rahm returned a positive COVID-19 test after being subject to contact tracing protocols and will withdraw from the tournament. He held a six-stroke lead after the third round, but will now go into isolation until June 15.
Rahm’s status for US Open, which starts June 17, will be in question. Here’s the moment he found out the news.
Surreal TV moment as six-stroke leader Jon Rahm learns he tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to make sense of it without knowing what Rahm's been told pic.twitter.com/WvD6LmAlxs— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 5, 2021
Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay are tied for second at -12 behind Rahm. Scottie Scheffler and Branden Grace are tied for fourth at -9.
Rahm is the first positive COVID-19 test as part of the PGA TOUR’s protocols. According to the TOUR, he is asymptomatic and had returned negative tests every day prior to Saturday.
This is big news for bettors who had Morikawa, who was +1600 before the tournament started and was receiving around five percent of bets on DraftKings Sportsbook. He will battle Cantlay, Scheffler and Grace on the final day in an attempt to give those who backed him a big payday.