Jon Rahm Vaccination: Is the Golfer Immune to COVID-19?

Published 06/06/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Jon Rahm on #10 tee during the fourth day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


Jon Rahm was poised for a successful title defense at the 2021 Memorial Tournament. Rahm enjoyed his second and third-round performance at the Muirfield Village Golf Club and it seemed as if nothing could stop him from winning the tournament. However, disaster struck when the Spaniard returned a positive COVID-19 just before Round 3’s conclusion which forced him to withdraw from the 2021 Memorial. 

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Jon Rahm was subjected to COVID testing from May 31 (Monday) since he had been in close contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. The 26-year-old had returned a series of negative tests all the way from Monday to Friday, but he tested positive for the virus on Saturday, which left the organizers no other option but to remove him from the field. 

May 13, 2021; McKinney, Texas, USA; Jon Rahm lines up his putt on the fourth green during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

It was startling indeed. Rahm was subjected to daily testing at the Memorial Tournament and returned a negative report every single day. The golfer was stunned to find out at the 18th green during Round 3 that he has COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. 

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That left golf fans with a major question on their minds: Has Jon Rahm been vaccinated? Is he immune to the virus? 

It is unsure when Jon Rahm even contracted the virus. He entered the tournament after coming in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. He was suspected to have it too, but the test results didn’t reflect that until Saturday. Does this mean that Rahm played his first three rounds with the virus inside his body? 

Is Jon Rahm fully vaccinated against COVID-19? 

Jon Rahm is asymptomatic as well, and that means he could have taken the vaccine to fight COVID-19. But is that really the case? Andy Levinson, the PGA Tour’s senior vice-president of tournament administration shed some light on this matter. 

“I can’t speak to Jon’s vaccination status. That’s an individual situation,” Levinson said. However, he also had more details about vaccinated players. 

“If someone had been fully vaccinated, and fully vaccinated under our protocol is, and it’s defined by the CDC, is 14 days past the full cycle of a vaccination. They do not have to test as a result of being a close contact,” Levinson mentioned. “Unless they have developed symptoms.”

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So there are only two scenarios that could apply to Jon Rahm’s situation. #1: He isn’t vaccinated yet (or is yet to complete his second dose). #2: Rahm is completely vaccinated and hasn’t completed his 14-day cycle yet. 

I’d like to believe that the former is true in this case. Jon Rahm wouldn’t have been subjected to daily testing had he been vaccinated. While Levinson said that “north of 50 percent” PGA Tour players have been vaccinated, there is no confirmation in Rahm’s case. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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