World top golfer, Spain’s Jon Rahm, has tested positive for Covid-19, ending his Olympic campaign before he could even take to the fairways.
In a tweet on 25 July, Rahm wrote: "I would have loved to have been the first Spanish Olympic gold medalist 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."
The most recent results are even more devastating since Rahm also tested positive in early June at the prestigious Memorial Tournament, Ohio, forcing him to withdraw despite holding a six-shot lead after the third round, and he has already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Rahm was in superb form going into the Olympics. Two weeks after disappointment at the Memorial Tournament, he bounced back by becoming the first ever Spaniard to win the US Open, and last week he tied for third at The Open in Kent.
To replace Rahm at the Olympics Games in Tokyo, Spain has brought in Jorge Campillo, who is currently ranked 205 in the world.