A year of overzealous COVID lunacy did not prepare many Americans for the moment that pro-golfer Jon Rahm had to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
Rahm, the defending champ, had a six-shot lead when he was informed on live TV that he would be forced to drop out over a positive coronavirus test — even though he has no symptoms and is apparently perfectly fine, Breitbart reported.
The unfortunate pro was seen covering his face in his hands while being led off the 18th green at the end of the third round at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio. According to CBS cameras, he was heard saying, “Oh my god, not again.”
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
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The golfer had tested negative every day of the tournament until Saturday, although he has remained completely symptom-free. He had been warned at the outset that he would be subject to routine medical surveillance, or “contact tracing,” because he was recently in contact with someone who had the virus.
Rahm shared his profound disappointment with the ruling later Saturday. “I’m very disappointed in having to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament. This is one of those things that happens in life, one of those moments where how we respond to a setback defines us as people,” Rahm wrote.
“I’m very thankful that my family and I are all OK,” he added. “I will take all of the necessary precautions to be safe and healthy, and I look forward to returning to the golf course as soon as possible.”
Golfing great derailed by stupid protocol
The Memorial Tournament was won Sunday by Patrick Cantlay. “It was such a weird situation, so unfortunate,” he said.
Rahm, the second-highest ranked golfer in the world, will have to stay isolated until June 15, which is two days before the U.S. open begins at Torrey Pines in San Diego, ESPN notes, or until he tests negative for two consecutive days.
“The protocol that we have had in place for the last 50 events is being followed to the letter, and unfortunately we are in a situation where we are this evening,” PGA Tour senior vice president of tournament administration Andy Levinson said.
It’s not clear if Rahm is vaccinated — but if so, this is a particularly absurd decision.
In fact, this is absolutely insane.