Spanish golfer Jon Rahm caused a stir when he tested positive for Covid-19 on June 5, although he has recovered since then.
Rahm was informed about his test result when he was walking off the 18th green after the third round at the Memorial Golf Tournament in which he held a six-stroke lead.
As a result, he had to withdraw from the tournament, which potentially cost him his sixth tour title and $1.67 million in prize money.
Rahm was vaccinated only a few days prior to the tournament. He regretted not having it done earlier.
“Looking back on it, yeah, I guess I wish I would have done it earlier,” Rahm said on Tuesday. “But thinking of scheduling purposes and having the PGA and defending Memorial, I was just, to be honest, it wasn’t in my mind.
“I’m not going to lie; I was trying to just get ready for a golf tournament. If I had done it a few days earlier, probably we wouldn’t be having these conversations right now. It is what it is. We move on.”
Rahm’s parents were flying from Spain on Monday to his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. His parents had not seen him and his newly born son in more than a year.
Rahm was allowed to meet his mother, who is fully vaccinated, but not his father or son.
“That was truly, truly a hard thing,” said Rahm.
Rahm is currently preparing for the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday at 4:36 p.m. ET, He will tee off from the 10th tee with Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed.