Olympics: Top-ranked golfer Jon Rahm out of the Olympics owing to Covid-19

Jon Rahm is out of Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.
Jon Rahm is out of Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - World No. 1 Jon Rahm withdrew from the Olympics on Sunday (July 25) after testing positive for Covid-19 for the second time in two months, the Spanish Olympic Committee confirmed.

Rahm, who stormed to victory at the US Open in June, returned a positive sample after undergoing mandatory testing following his recent participation in the British Open.

In early June, the 26-year-old Spaniard was forced to withdraw from the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament after taking a six-shot lead after the third round after testing positive for Covid-19.

Former US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau had also earlier been ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for coronavirus.

The PGA Tour announced on Sunday that Patrick Reed would take his place at the Tokyo Games.

Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for Covid-19 as part of the final testing protocol before he left the United States for the Olympics 2020 in Japan,” the PGA said in a statement on behalf of USA Golf.

Dechambeau could not hide his bitter disappointment. “I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,” said DeChambeau, who won the 2020 US Open.

“Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team.” Reed, who won the Masters in 2018, will join Justin Thomas, recently crowned British Open champion Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele in the men’s competition.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent our country and be a part of Team USA in Tokyo,” said Reed.

“I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country”