Jon Rahm is the latest big name to withdraw from the FedEx Cup a week before the Olympics.
Jon Rahm is the latest high-profile player to withdraw from the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Jon Rahm, the world’s number one golfer, has pulled out of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind. After finishing tied for third in last week’s Open Championship, the Spaniard had previously committed to competing in the WGC event in Memphis.
Rahm’s withdrawal from the event was announced by his agent earlier this week in a text message to the Commercial Appeal.
Rahm was scheduled to compete at TPC Southwind on August 5, but he has forfeited his berth owing to his participation in this year’s Tokyo Olympics, which ends just five days before the tournament begins in Memphis.
The 26-year-old has had a fantastic season so far, with 12 top-10 finishes – the highest in the FedEx Cup standings – and his first major victory last month at Torrey Pines, where he won the US Open by one stroke.
However, it appears that Rahm is putting his FedEx Cup charge on hold in favor of Olympic glory, as the US Open winner heads to Tokyo for the first time to represent his native Spain at the Games.
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Rahm will be joined in Japan by fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who has ruled himself out of the Games in order to focus on securing a position in this year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
“I have taken one of the most painful decisions of my life,” Garcia said in a message on Twitter. I enjoy the Olympic Games, and it is always an honor to represent Spain, but my top athletic priority right now is the Ryder Cup.
“I would definitely compete in the Olympic Games if I had already qualified for the Ryder Cup. Without my whole attention and all five senses focused on the Olympics, I’d rather offer the chance to a player who can give it his all in the pursuit of a medal for our beautiful Spain.”
Instead, Rahm will be joined by fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who is now ranked 150th in the world.
Garcia’s absence from the Olympics does not preclude him from competing in the St Jude Invitational.
Rahm’s dedication to representing his country at the “Brinkwire Summary News.”