In front of thousands of spectators, and several cameras beaming vision to a global audience, Jon Rahm couldn’t help but instantly slump towards the ground on Sunday when he learnt his six-shot lead at the Memorial Tournament meant nothing.
A COVID-19 diagnosis erased his lead, one of the great rounds in the tournament’s history (eight-under, 64) and his chance for a sixth PGA Tour title.
If his instant reaction in public was uncomfortable viewing, it’s best not to think about what state the world No.3 is in behind closed doors as the true gravity of his withdrawal sinks in.
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For starters, Rahm won the same event last year and…