For the second time in the last two months, Jon Rahm has been compelled to retreat from a major event after testing positive for COVID-19. The No. 1 ranked golfer in the world will not participate in the Olympics after testing positive before landing in Tokyo. Rahm, who was set to represent Spain, previously tested positive for the virus in early June and was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament while retaining a six-stroke lead entering the final round.
Rahm will not be returned to the team, with the International Golf Federation released a statement saying there is not enough time to find a replacement and comply with imminent health protocols. Spain will be represented solely by Adri Arnaus. Rahm wasn't the only big-name golfer to be forced to withdraw from the Olympics.
It was declared on Saturday that the United States will be without Bryson DeChambeau, who also tested positive for COVID-19. The No. 6 ranked golfer, and winner of the 2020 U.S. Open, will be replaced by Patrick Reed on Team USA. This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.