World No.1 Jon Rahm is out of the Olympic Games after testing positive for COVID-19. It is the second time the Spaniard has contracted the virus in less than two months.
The 26-year-old was required to be tested for COVID-19 three times ahead of traveling to Tokyo as he was in England for The Open Championship last week. His third test returned a positive result.
The International Golf Federation (IGF) was informed earlier today of Rahm’s positive test for COVID-19 and, therefore, is unable to compete for Spain.
The Spanish Olympic Committee stated that without adequate time to find a replacement and comply with the necessary health protocols required for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Spain will only be represented by Adri Arnaus.
In accordance with the IGF’s Late Athlete Replacement Policy, the next available athlete identified by the IGF Reallocation Reserve List will replace Rahm, following nomination by his National Olympic Committee. The men’s Olympic competition begins on Thursday, July 29.
The 2021 U.S. Open champion got the coronavirus vaccine just prior to the Memorial Tournament in Ohio in June, but since it was within the 14-day period after his final dose, he wasn't considered fully vaccinated and was required to be tested daily.
Following four days of negative tests, he was positive for COVID-19 and was informed he'd have to withdraw from the tournament while holding a 6-stroke lead with 18 holes to play.
"Looking back on it, yeah, I guess I wish I would have (gotten vaccinated) earlier, but thinking on scheduling purposes and having the PGA and defending Memorial, I was just - to be honest, it wasn't in my mind,” Rahm said on the eve of the US Open a few weeks later.
Rahm is the second medal prospect to withdraw from the Olympic competition in the past 24 hours, with Bryson DeChambeau also contracting the virus before boarding the plane to Tokyo. He has been replaced by Patrick Reed.
The Spanish Olympic Committee informed the IGF on Monday morning that Jorge Campillo will replace Rahm as a representative of Team Spain in Tokyo.