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Positive virus tests knock Rahm, DeChambeau out of Olympics

In this July 17, 2021, file photo, United States' Bryson DeChambeau gestures as he lines up his putt on the 2nd green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's golf course Sandwich, England. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) -- Jon Rahm tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in two months Sunday, knocking the Spaniard out of the Olympics only a few hours after American golfer Bryson DeChambeau met the same fate.

    Rahm's positive test was announced by the Spanish Olympic committee. It was the second of back-to-back coronavirus shockers that came on the second full day of action in Tokyo. It put a damper on the golf tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, and also offered a stark reminder of the tenuous nature of putting on the Games in the midst of a pandemic.

    Olympic golf will be without the last two U.S. Open champions.

    DeChambeau won in 2020 at Winged Foot and Rahm took the title last month at Torrey Pines in a comeback of sorts. He was only two weeks removed from building a six-shot lead after the third round of the Memorial, only to be told as he was walking off the course that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw.

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