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

Spanish golfer Jon Rahm (Photo: Curtis Compton/TNS via ZUMA Wire/dpa)
25/07/2021 06:09 PM

TOKYO, July 25 -- Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, the No. 1 player in the world, will not compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games following a positive COVID-19 test result, Xinhua reported, quoting 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 on the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

Patrick Reed will replace DeChambeau and join Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele, to represent 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.