POLL QUESTION – JUNE 13
By ISM Staff & Contributors

IF JON RAHM WANTED TO PLAY THE FINAL ROUND OF THE MEMORIAL SHOULD THE PGA HAVE FOUND A WAY TO ACCOMODATE HIM?

This week’s poll question was a heart-wrenching one to say the least.  It began when PGA Tour professional Jon Rahm from Spain had just concluded the third round of the Memorial.  The former Arizona State star, who is the third-ranked male golfer in the world, had run away from the field after posting a third round eight-under-par 64 for a six stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Well, that thrill of victory turned into an agony of defeat in a hurry.  Rahm had tested positive for Covid and was informed of that as he was walking off the 18th green. That forced 26-year-old to withdraw and that cost him, if he had won the tournament and the probability of that occurring was extremely good, close to $1.7 million.  Not pocket change, right?

So, Covid claimed another victim or should it have played out that way?  That leads us to our poll question this week.

IF JON RAHM WANTED TO PLAY THE FINAL ROUND OF THE MEMORIAL SHOULD THE PGA HAVE FOUND A WAY TO ACCOMODATE HIM?

Below is the commentary of our staff and contributors.  As usual, it runs the both ends of the spectrum.  Enjoy.

AL CURTISS – NFC EAST CORRESPONDENT
I think there were two options.  The first was to let him go off early, meaning the first golfer to tee off, on Sunday.  It would be  just Rahm and his caddy in masks, and let me post a score for other’s to target.  The second was to remove him like they did, but take the 1st and 2nd place money and set it up this way:  Winner and Rahm split the winnings 50/50 and 2nd place gets what is left and pay out from there.  It’s still more than 3rd place.
TRACE CRISP – PHOTOJOURNALIST
According to “Science”, he should have played on Sunday.  Heck, golf is outside.  To say he was possibly Covid positive because he ate dinner where someone was listed as having Covid is a stretch.  Plus, he’s obviously asymptomatic.  Let it be his call.
DAVID ALEXANDER – I would have let him go out first and play by himself.  Let him post a number that the rest of the field has beat.  I only say this because he demolished the field the day before and watching him come off the 18th, and get that news, was very painful!
ADAM SZNAPSTAJLER – COLUMNIST
No. At this point if you have not gotten vaccinated then you suffer the consequences. The PGA set the rules and he entered the tournament so he has to abide by them. It’s not the PGA’s job to provide accommodations to him, it’s their job to provide a safe competition and they did their job.
LEO HAGGERTY – EDITOR
The PGA got this wrong on several counts.  First, if they were so concerned with his  health and the health of others, why didn’t the PGA immediately dispatch a cart to the 17th green and pull him off the course when they discovered he tested positive for Covid.  Second, why did the PGA not wait until Rahm was away from the television camera to inform him of this.  The third, and final, misstep was the PGA forcing Rahm to withdraw.  The Tour should have found a way to allow Rahm to play the final round.  Whether it was alone or with a mask or some other safety protocol, Jon Rahm should have been permitted to finish, and probably win, the Memorial.  I’ll leave you with this thought to ponder.  If Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson was in the same situation, do you thin the PGA would have come to the same conclusion?  The answer isn’t no, but hell no.  I rest my case.