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

The defending champion and current leader will remain in isolation until June 15.

Jon Rahm hits onto the 9th green during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch via Imagn Content Services, LLC

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.

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.