U.S, Open golf tournament champion Jon Rahm thanked fellow golfers and major champions Padraig Harrington and Nick Faldo for their advice when he tested positive for COVID-19.
“Paradigm told me a story in which he was leading by five after 54 holes, signed the wrong scorecard, and got disqualified,” said Rahm, who became the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open golf tournament after he won at Torrey Pines on Sunday. “He said he learned a lot more than he would ever learn from the win.”
Rahm said their stories helped him regain calm after being withdrawn from the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for the virus, where he had a six-shot lead before the final round.
“I had in mind Padraig and Nick when I was out there on the course a couple times knowing that they won shortly after [facing adversities], and I knew today was my day,” said Rahm, who won over South African Louis Oosthuizen. “I believed from the biggest setbacks we can get some of the biggest breakthroughs, and that’s why I stay so positive.”