One of golf’s biggest stars will miss out on one of its biggest weekends.
Jon Rahm, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, withdrew from The Players Championship just before the start of his second round on Friday.
The PGA Tour announced the news in a statement on Twitter.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 10, 2023
Why did Jon Rahm withdraw from The Players Championship?
In its statement, the PGA Tour said Rahm was forced to withdraw due to illness. According to AP News, his manager described the ailment as a “bad stomach bug.”
His withdrawal was announced at 12:37 p.m. on Friday, less than 20 minutes before he was scheduled to tee off at 12:56 p.m. His playing partners were Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy, the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked players in the world, respectively.
The Spaniard has had a stellar season so far, with three wins already under his belt in 2023. He shot a one-under-par 71 in his opening round at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.
Because of his withdrawal, there’s now a chance Rahm could lose his No. 1 world ranking this weekend. If Scheffler finishes in the top five of the tournament, he would overtake Rahm as the top player in the world. That looks like a distinct possibility after Scheffler opened with a four-under-par 68 in round one.
McIlroy could also theoretically take over the No. 1 spot if he finishes in the top eight this weekend, but a four-over-par 76 on Thursday makes that highly unlikely.
The next time we see Rahm will likely be later this month at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tex. The tournament is scheduled to take place from March 22-26 at Austin Country Club.