World No. 1 golfer Jon Rahm to miss Tokyo Olympics after positive COVID-19 test

Source: Xinhua| 2021-07-25 17:23:46|Editor: huaxia

TOKYO, July 25 (Xinhua) -- After a positive COVID-19 test result, Spanish golfer Jon Rahm will not compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games, according to the Spanish Olympic Committee (SOP) on Sunday.

The positive result was detected in Rahm's third consecutive PCR test, mandatory for all those who had recently been to Britain, said SOP, adding that the golfer's first two PCR tests were negative.

Rahm just finished The Open on July 15-18 and left Britain as world No. 1.

Without enough time to find a substitute, the Spanish golf team will only have Adri Arnaus in the men's category in Tokyo, SOP said.

Hours earlier, USA Golf announced (on Saturday local time) that top golfer Bryson DeChambeau will also miss out at the Tokyo Olympics due to positive COVID-19 result.

Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau to join up with Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele, representing USA in the men's competition in Tokyo.

The first round of Tokyo Olympics golf competition in men's category will kick off on July 29. Enditem