World No. 3 Rahm given the all-clear to play US Open
When the World No.3 was caught up in a bizarre COVID withdrawal at The Memorial it seemed touch and go as to whether he would make it to Torrey Pines in time to play in the year’s third major.
However, the 26-year-old took to Twitter to announce that he will be playing the US Open after returning a negative result.
Jon Rahm waves to fans following his COVID-19 withdrawal at the Memorial Tournament (Credit: PGA Tour)
“After two negative test in a 24 hour span and being cleared by health officials, it’s time to get ready for the US Open. Vamos!!”
Rahm spoke at the US Open press conference about the timing surrounding his negative tests, which allowed him to get to the tournament with plenty of time to prepare.
“The PCR I got done on Thursday was my first negative. Then I got my results Friday, got the other one on Friday, and Saturday morning I got my second negative.”
“I was like, all right, at least I can go hit some balls and get ready starting a little bit earlier because otherwise today at 7:00 a.m. was my tenth day, and I would have had to have flown in this morning.”
“I would have felt a little bit under-prepared. At least starting Saturday, I can get on a bit of a roll.”
Rahm was looking in particularly impressive form at The Memorial with a six-shot lead and a record equalling 54-hole total before officials tapped him on the shoulder at the 18th green to inform him of his positive COVID result.
The Spaniard has seven top-10 major finishes but just one top-3, which came at the 2016 US Open.
Rahm will tee off alongside Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed in the first two rounds.