Covid watch: Golfers Rahm, DeChambeau withdraw after testing positive

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Tokyo, July 25 (IANS) Top golfers Jon Rahm, the 2021 US Open champion, and Bryson DeChambeau, the 2020 US Open champion, have tested positive for Covid-19 and have withdrawn from the ongoing Olympic Games.

The pullout of Spain’s Rahm, who is the world No. 1 golfer, and USA’s DeChambeau, the world No. 6, will deplete the field.

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“I’ve been fortunate to represent my country and win a championship for Spain around the world as an amateur. Playing in Tokyo would have given me a chance to win an Olympic gold medal for my country,” Rahm said in a statement on Sunday.

“I would have loved to have been the first Spanish Olympic gold-medallist in golf, but unfortunately destiny had other plans. This is a great reminder for all of us that we’re still in a pandemic, things are not over, and we still need to fight together to get through this the best we can,” added Rahm.

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This is the second time in his last five events that Rahm has had to withdraw due to a positive Covid-19 test.

He had earlier tested positive in early June in the Memorial Tournament where he was leading by six strokes after the third round. But he had to withdraw after that.

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He, however, won the US Open from June 17-20 and also finished tied 3rd in the Open Championships last month.

DeChambeau had finished tied 33rd at the Open and tied 26th in the US Open.

–IANS

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