Bryson and Rahm out after positive virus tests

TOKYO: Known for their towering drives, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm won’t make it to the tee box.

The last two US Open champions became the best-known athletes to drop out yesterday after testing positive for Covid-19. DeChambeau’s positive came before he left the United States for Tokyo. The musclebound American famous for his game-changing swing speed will be replaced by Patrick Reed.

“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for US, DeChambeau said in a statement. “Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honour to make this team.”

Rahm was flagged for Covid-19 for the second time in two months – he had a six-shot lead at the Memorial in early June when he was forced to withdraw because of a positive test. The Spaniard said he had gotten his final vaccine shot fewer than 14 days before that positive.

Both players recently became first-time Major champions. DeChambeau won the US Open in 2020 at Winged Foot last fall, and Rahm took this year’s title at Torrey Pines in June, two weeks after the positive test at Muirfield Village. — AP