The men's Olympic golf competition will be staged without the No. 1 men's golfer in the world.
Jon Rahm has been withdrawn from the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 shortly before he was set to depart for Tokyo. The International Golf Federation made the announcement just hours after Bryson DeChambeau was removed from the U.S. Olympic team for his own positive COVID test.
It is the Spaniard's second positive COVID test of the summer. On June 5, Rahm was leading the Memorial Tournament by six shots after three rounds when he was informed of a positive test result behind the 18th green and immediately withdrawn from the event. That result likely cost Rahm a payday of more than $1 million.
This latest positive test result costs him a chance to compete for a gold medal.
Rahm, 26, bounced back from that setback at the Memorial by winning his next event, the U.S. Open, for his first major title. This week he will not be replaced on the Spanish Olympic team, as Spain's Olympic committee said there was not enough time to find a substitute. Adri Arnaus will be Spain's lone competitor when the men's competition begins Thursday.
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