Jon Rahm still stunned after latest COVID issue

Sitting at his Arizona home with his family, the top-ranked golfer in the world still doesn’t fully understand what happened to him.

Jon Rahm was after testing positive for COVID-19, marking the second time he’s been forced out of a tournament in the last two months.

Rahm: ‘Clearly, I don’t have’ COVID

Rahm , after he said he took three different coronavirus tests.

His first two, on Thursday and Friday, came back negative. Saturday’s test, though, was positive.

So, Rahm took a second one to be sure, and it also came back positive.

Yet as he knew that he already had the coronavirus and is fully vaccinated, Rahm was sure that he didn’t have it. On Sunday, he returned and took a saliva test, an antibody test and a PCR test, per the report. Both tests returned negative, and the third determined that he had the antibodies.

Still, it was too late. Testing negative multiple times and making the trek over to Japan in time to compete would have been impossible.

“Clearly, I don’t have it,” he said, . “But the dream of being an Olympian is going to have to wait three more years. That’s really upsetting in a sense.”

Rahm, 26, in June while he held a massive six-shot lead. He said after that he was partially vaccinated when he was pulled off the course then, but that .

He returned to the course just weeks later, though, and — his first major championship.

While this latest blow is certainly a big one, Rahm knows he can’t be too upset.

“In the grand scheme of things, I didn’t get to play two big events,” Rahm said, . “Golf is secondary. My wife, my son, my family is what’s important.

“I can’t say it’s a bad year. I got the U.S. Open trophy. I’m No. 1 in the world. I’m never going to say I’m an unlucky person.”

Jon Rahm had to withdraw from the Olympics after he tested positive for COVID-19. (Charlie Crowhurst/R&A/Getty Images)

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