FanDuel Pays Out Jon Rahm As Winner After COVID Forces Withdrawal From Memorial

After a shocking announcement that forced Jon Rahm to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament on Saturday, FanDuel announced that have agreed to pay out Rahm as a winning wager. Following news of his positive COVID test, Rahm had to forfeit the contest after posting a 64 for the afternoon. Rahm will need to remain in isolation until June 15, according to the PGA Tour.

Rahm finished Saturday's rounds with an incredible six stroke lead, only to be informed of the positive test and news from the PGA Tour. News of the forced withdrawal brought Rahm to tears, rightfully prompting viewers and fans to lose their minds over the unfounded decision.

The golfer was caught receiving the news and being escorted out of Muirfield Village Golf Club after he picked himself off the turf.

The biggest head-scratcher from the announcement came when the PGA Tour acknowledged that Rahm had previously tested positive for COVID and is confirmed 100% asymptomatic.

With a foolproof plan for Rahm to continue the tournament by omitting the presence of crowds or any neighboring presence, the PGA's snap decision has been criticized for its lazy approach to a solvable dilemma that has now stripped Rahm out of a once-in-a-lifetime shot at the Memorial Tournament.

Even OutKick's Clay Travis had some easy solutions to remedy the situation, putting a real egg on the face of those who decided to prematurely boot Jon Rahm.

The PGA Tour released their official statement regarding the decision to disqualify Rahm from the Memorial Tournament:

"On the evening Monday, May 31, the PGA TOUR notified Jon Rahm that he was subject to contact-tracing protocols, as he had come in close contact with a person who was COVID positive. Per the TOUR’s COVID Health & Safety Plan, Rahm was given the option to remain in the competition and enter our tracing protocol, which includes daily testing and restricted access to indoor facilities. Rahm has remained asymptomatic.

Rahm has tested negative every day, but his most recent test – which was performed after the conclusion of his second round (rain delayed) and before the start of his third round – returned positive at approximately 4:20 p.m. ET while Rahm was on the golf course. The PGA TOUR’s medical advisor requested a confirmatory test on the original sample, which came back at 6:05 p.m. ET, and was also positive.

The PGA TOUR’s medical advisor notified Rahm immediately upon completion of his round, and under TOUR protocols, he will be withdrawn from the competition. Rahm is now in isolation, and in accordance with CDC guidelines, he will need to remain in isolation through Tuesday, June 15.

While this is an incredibly unfortunate situation, throughout 50 events since the PGA TOUR’s Return to Golf, there have been only four positive tests (including Rahm) within competition; Rahm is the first positive, asymptomatic case as part of the TOUR’s routine, contact-tracing protocols."

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Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan. Known for having watched every movie and constant craving for dessert. @alejandroaveela (on X)