Not only has Jon Rahm made his case for earning PGA Tour Player of the Year honors – the three-week FedEx Cup playoffs which begin Thursday at the Northern Trust in the shadow of Manhattan's skyline will likely decide whether he or Collin Morikawa wins the award – Rahm may have had the most curious season as well.
Rahm tested positive for COVID-19 twice in the midst of his best season and both instances had a profound effect on the arc of his year.
The first positive test came on Saturday of the Memorial Tournament when he held a six-stroke lead with 18 holes remaining. Rahm had the virus that time with enough minor symptoms for him to be sure.
Still, being so close to a win and having it vanish suddenly was like a gut punch.
"I wanted to hopefully give Spain a medal. I was wishing for a gold medal, but just being part of that medal count for the country would have been huge. ... Still makes me a little sad, I’m not going to lie.” – Jon Rahm
The second time was a shocker, denying Rahm a chance to play for Spain in the Olymp...
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