This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
It's hard to not begin the Memorial recap without discussing Jon Rahm. He was the eye of a perfect storm of events that led to one of the Tour's worst nightmares in relation to the pandemic. One of the worst? Yeah. What if there is an outbreak in two weeks at the U.S. Open? As bad as the Rahm situation was, that would be far worse.
The outcry over Rahm having to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19 of course would've been no outcry at all had he been in, say, 43rd place instead of holding a six-stroke lead heading into Sunday. And of course, despite whatever Golf Twitter wants to believe, the two situations are exactly the same: test positive, you have to withdraw. That's the PGA Tour's rule and every golfer knew it.
This is not to say there is no empathy for Rahm. How can there not be? And for his caddie, too. Rahm reportedly had received the first of his two vaccinations.
The fact that Rahm made it all the way to Saturday is not without its own controversy, after he entered contact tracing way back on Monday for coming in contact with someone who tested positive.
From a purely golf standpoint, this will have huge ramifications far beyond Dublin, Ohio. They will extend all the way to San Diego in two weeks and likely beyond. Rahm has to self-quarantine for 10 days, unless he tests negative twice and more than 24 hours part. The