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This story just infuriates the heck out of me.

Jon Rahm was in the middle of playing golf in the PGA’s Memorial Tournament. He had a six-stroke lead, on a real tear with 18 under par, equal to the tournament record for the lowest, three-round score.

He was making amazing shots like this one.


— GolfBet (@GolfBet) June 5, 2021

With such a big lead and playing on such a level, he was on track to win the almost $1.7 million prize.

But in the middle of the tournament, live on-air, officials came up to him and told him he would have to withdraw because he had tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus.

This is just heartbreaking.

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

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 5, 2021

Remarkable moment plays out on CBS as John Rahm finds out he’s tested positive for COVID-19 while leading the tournament by six strokes pic.twitter.com/tCKbZtMlOI

— Blake Harms (@wxblakeharms) June 5, 2021

Apparently, he’d been exposed to someone and was being tested daily by the tournament officials. They had told him he could participate if he got daily testing, and they restricted him from being indoors. He was asymptomatic. But his test that day apparently came back positive, so they pulled him.

PGA TOUR Statement on Jon Rahm pic.twitter.com/HvMmWLCHeq

— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) June 5, 2021

This is just unreal. They just cost this guy a likely tournament win — and the huge monetary prize — because of an idiotic reaction. He obviously wasn’t feeling any effects and playing at an incredible pace.

He’s outdoors, and golf is basically inherent social-distancing. You don’t have to be near anyone else but your caddy. Heck, he’d probably have carried his own bags, if he could have been allowed to continue. He’s also asymptomatic, as I said. It makes absolutely no sense. If they

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