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Jon Rahm’s COVID Disaster Is A Great Vaccine PSA

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Golf is designed for masochists; it’s a sport that exists to make you feel bad about yourself. Even for professionals, it’s an exceedingly rare day when everything on the course is going perfectly, and on the rare days it happens, you want to soak it up.

Jon Rahm, a 26-year-old Spaniard who until very recently was the top-rated golfer in the world, was having one of those days this past weekend. At the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, Rahm hit a hole-in-one on Saturday and spent most of the rest of the day laying waste to his competitors, taking a six-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round. He was 24 hours of not blowing a big lead away from earning a $1.674 million payday and considerable momentum toward his first golf Major, with the U.S. Open just two weeks away. Things were going great!

Then he tested positive for COVID-19. They literally told him right there on the course. It’s quite something to watch:

Surreal TV moment as six-stroke leader Jon Rahm learns he tested positive for COVID and Jim Nantz tries to make sense of it without knowing what Rahm's been told pic.twitter.com/WvD6LmAlxs

And that … was it. He was bonked out the tournament right then and there. No championship, no best round ever, no $1.674 million. Rahm has been asymptomatic and is isolating for the next week: With any luck, he’ll be back for the U.S. Open. But he’ll never get that perfect day back.

Rahm’s positive test — again, one they told him about right there on the course — seems to mark a new phase of COVID-19 in the world of sports. We have spent the last year seeing a COVID-19 positive test as a debilitating occurrence for........

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