It was an amazing live TV moment. As CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz wrapped up network coverage of the third round of the Memorial Golf Tournament, saying that “tomorrow will be fun folks,” viewers could see defending champion Jon Rahm leading by six before the final round, overtake during a conversation with two clearly distraught men.
As the group made their way to the clubhouse, with Rahm wiping away tears and his caddy deflecting the camera behind them, Nantz, clearly stunned by what he was seeing, addressed viewers.
” What is happening here ? He said. “Someone gave Jon some news. It’s not good.”
As it turned out, the news tournament officials passed on to Rahm after the last hole was that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had to withdraw from the event he was so close to winning. again. Rahm, who is asymptotic, was tested as part of a standard contact tracing procedure after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.
“It’s one of those things that happens in life, one of those times when how we react to a setback defines us as people,” Rahm wrote on Twitter after his removal.
Surreal TV moment as six-time leader Jon Rahm learns he has tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to figure it out without knowing what Rahm was told pic.twitter.com/WvD6LmAlxs
– Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 5, 2021
Thoughts after today’s tour pic.twitter.com/gWkBAWE42F
– Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) June 6, 2021