Campillo to replace Rahm in Olympic golf tournament

Jorge Campillo
26/07/2021 06:30 PM

MADRID, July 26  -- The Spanish Olympic Committee has confirmed that Jorge Campillo will be filling in for John Rahm when the men’s golf tournament begins at the Tokyo Olympics.

World No. 1 Rahm, who recently won the US Open and finished third in the British Open, was one of Spain's clearest hopes for a medal in Tokyo but was forced to withdraw after a positive Covid test result in the third of three PCR tests he was obliged to take before travelling to Japan, according to Xinhua.

It is the second time COVID-19 has dashed Rahm's hopes of glory, given that his first positive test came when he was leading the Memorial Tournament in Ohio ahead of the final round of the competition.

Campillo, 35, is currently ranked 199th in the world, and in a race against time to complete the necessary tests and fly to Tokyo before the first round of the men's golf tournament on July 29.