Positive Covid-19 test costs Jon Rahm Memorial Tournament victory and will also hamper his US Open chances as he will be left with just ONE day of practice before the Grand Slam
- Jon Rahm will have just one day of practice ahead of the US Open Grand Slam
- He had to drop out of the Memorial Tournament due to a positive Covid test
- Bryson DeChambeau’s team are angry with Brooks Koepka’s Twitter video
- Koepka offered fans beer if they were to heckle his rival DeChambeau
Jon Rahm lost more than the chance to defend his Memorial title when he tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, forcing him out of the Ohio event he led by six shots with one round to play.
His 10-day period of self-isolation will leave him only one day of practice for the US Open, which just happens to be taking place on a Torrey Pines course where the Spaniard achieved his first victory on the PGA Tour.
What a tumultuous day at Muirfield Village, as furious members of Bryson DeChambeau’s team sought out Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to find out what action he’s going to take regarding Brooks Koepka’s video on Twitter, in which he offered crates of beer to fans thrown out for heckling the Mad Scientist.
Jon Rahm will have little practice for the US Open after testing positive for Covid-19
Rahm was left heartbroken as he was forced to pull out of the Memorial Tournament
This was an entirely different video to the hilarious one that had brought the ‘Bryson-Brooksie’ feud to a wider public audience, and clearly not so much crossed the line regarding the game’s etiquette as obliterated it.
Rather than respond and inflame the situation, DeChambeau will leave it in Monahan’s hands.
‘It’s something the Tour needs to handle,’ said the Californian, whose next event will be the defence of his US Open title.
‘I’ve tried to take the high road on numerous occasions and, from my perspective, I will continue to do so.’
As for Rahm, he had just delivered a brilliant day’s golf, starting off with a hole in one as he completed his second round and following it with a 64 to take control of the tournament. Or so he thought.
Rahm told officials at the start of the week he had mixed with someone who had subsequently tested positive.
Members of Bryson DeChambeau’s team are furious with comments made by Brooks Koepka
In line with Tour protocols, he was tested after every round — all were negative until Saturday.
‘I’m very disappointed but this is one of those things that happens, and I will take all the necessary precautions to be safe and healthy,’ said Rahm in a statement.
Jack Nicklaus, who hosts the tournament, added: ‘Our hearts go out to Jon and his family and also the fans who witnessed his spectacular round, only to have it negated by this horrible pandemic. But the Tour had no choice.’
Instead of playing for second place in the final round, American pair Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay found themselves tied for the lead. DeChambeau began 12 shots back.
Meanwhile, at the US Women’s Open in San Francisco, first-day leader Mel Reid, from Derby, suffered a horror third round on Saturday, registering three sixes in her last five holes for a 78 that saw her tumble down the field to tied-23rd place. American Lexi Thompson led by one going into the final round over 19-year-old Yuka Saso from the Philippines.
At the Porsche European Open in Germany, Englishman Matthew Southgate, playing in his 177th Tour event and still seeking his first win, is tied for the lead going into today’s final round with Australian Maverick Antcliff. Paul Casey is tied-20th on even par.
Koepka offered fans free crates of beer if they were to heckle his rival DeChambeau
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