Live coverage of the 2021 Memorial Tournament: Final-round play

Bill Rabinowitz Rob Oller Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch

For a while, it looked like the fourth day of the Memorial Tournament would merely be a re-coronation of defending champion Jon Rahm. But late Saturday, after he finished his round with a six-stroke lead, Rahm was informed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would have to withdraw from the tournament.

Rahm had tied the 54-hole record of 18-under and was six shots clear of 2019 Memorial champion Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa, who won the 2020 Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village, and well within reach of the first-place check of $1.674 million. That all changed when tour officials informed him immediately after his round that his tournament was finished.

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Andy Levinson, the PGA Tour's senior vice president of tournament administration, said the decision to tell Rahm when and how it did was based on the timing of the test results.

"We received the initial positive results at 4:20 p.m.," Levinson said. "Our medical advisor ordered a re-run of that test, of that original sample, and we were notified of that, I believe the exact time was 6:03 p.m. He was in the middle of the 18th fairway. I think he had already hit his second shot, and so our advisor notified him as soon as he finished."

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So now a tournament that has been stopped by two rain delays and filled with cicada swarming and noise comes down to what should be a sunny round with a tight field.

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Between the wet conditions, fog and swarms of cicadas, Mother Nature has played a role in the tournament so far, but so have fans. Bryson DeChambeau's feud with Brooks Koepka has led to several fans chanting "Brooksie" during DeChambeau's tee-offs. 

"Bryson had an issue with some spectators and notified security, who dealt with them," a tour media representative confirmed.

The final group of Colin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay began at 1:40 p.m.

6:33 — Patrick Cantlay wins Memorial

Patrick Cantlay made a par putt from 11 feet, 9 inches to defeat Collin Morikawa in a playoff at the Memorial. Morikawa missed his foot from 6½ feet away.

Patrick Cantlay hoists the trophy for winning the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

6:27 — Neither player on green with approach

Collin Morikawa groaned as soon as he hit his approach, with good reason. It landed in the deep rough short of the green. Patrick Cantlay's approach from the rough and with a sidehill lie landed in the sand.

Collin Morikawa, right, and Patrick Cantlay watch Morikawa's tee shot on the 1st hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

6:22 — Advantage Collin Morikawa after tee shot

Collin Morikawa is in the fairway after a 298-yard drive on the playoff hole. He is 187 yards from the pin, though he has mud on his ball. Patrick Cantlay's 310-yard drive landed in the primary rough, 161 yards away. Doesn't look like he's got a great lie

6:08 — Playoff coming at Memorial

Patrick Cantlay's 25-foot birdie putt to win the Memorial just curled outside the cup and he tapped in for par. Collin Morikawa successfully got up-and-down from the sand, making a 26-inch putt for par. They'll play No. 18 again to start the sudden-death playoff.

As fans were wringing out blankets near the 18th hole, sprinkles again started to fall and picked up as both Cantalay and Morikawa approached the green. As Cantalay lined up his birdie putt, the only sound audible was the Goodyear blimp above as it maneuvered above the proceedings. And when he missed, the rain started to slightly intensify.

Patrick Cantlay watches Collin Morikawa's tee shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

6:03 — Patrick Cantlay closer on approach

Patrick Cantlay landed his approach shot from right rough 25 feet from the pin. Collin Morikawa is in the bunker to the left of the green. They are tied at 13-under.

5:57 — Trouble on 18 tee shots

Both Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa hit errant shots on the 18th hole. Cantlay's shot went into the right rough. Morikawa went into the bunker on the right side of the fairway.

5:55 — Patrick Cantlay ties Morikawa

After the brief downpour abated, Patrick Cantlay made his 24-foot birdie putt for a birdie to tie Collin Morikawa for the lead at 13-under. Morikawa then drained a 12-foot par putt to stay tied. Meanwhile, Scottie Scheffler bogeyed No. 18 to fall to 11-under.

5:52 — Game on

Play has resumed as a suddenly drenched gallery watches the final golfers finish up.

5:47 — Players holding in place

It's not an official delay, but they are holding players in place as a heavy rain shower moves through the region. Scottie Scheffler is on the green on the 18th hole.

5:19 — Collin Morikawa takes lead

Collin Morikawa birdied the par-5 15th hole to take a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay, who settled for a par. Scottie Scheffler is also one shot behind.

4:50 — Patrick Cantlay ties Morikawa

Patrick Cantlay has birdied the No. 13 hole to tie Collin Morikawa at 12-under par. Scottie Scheffler is one stroke back after a birdie on 14. 

5:09 — Three-way tie atop the leaderboard

Scottie Scheffler birdied the 15th hole, his second consecutive birdie, to pull into a tie with Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay at 12-under. Morikawa and Cantlay are one hole behind Scheffler, who is 3-under today.

4:32 — Bo Hoag finishes at 3-under

Former Buckeye Bo Hoag completed a rock-solid weekend on the course he grew up playing. Hoag shot 72 on Sunday to finish at 3-under-par. He had two birdies and two bogeys on the front and all pars on the back nine. He's tied for 14th, which would give him the largest payday of his

Bo Hoag reacts to his tee shot on on 9 during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

3:42 — Patrick Cantlay leads as leaders near midpoint

At 12-under, Cantlay holds a one-stroke lead on Collin Morikawa as both approach the ninth hole at the Memorial.

Branden Grace and Scottie Scheffler, who are on the back nine, are both 1-under and tied for third place at 10-under overall.

3:06 — Collin Morikawa whiffs in the rough

The co-leader to open the day bogeyed his third hole of the day in large part due to a missed swing in the rough on the sixth hole.

According to the official shot tracker, Morikawa's third shot was "hit 1 (inch) to the primary rough, 40' 7" from the hole." His third shot, which came within 10 feet, 8 inches of the hole, was also officially taken 40 inches, 7 feet from the hole.

Patrick Cantlay leads at 12-under through six holes, while Morikawa is now two strokes off the pace and in third place also behind Scottie Scheffler at 11-under.

2:36 — Scottie Scheffler takes the lead

After notching his third birdie in five holes, Scheffler has dropped to 12-under and is 3-under for the day, one shot ahead of Patrick Cantlay and two ahead of Collin Morikawa, both of whom entered the day tied for the lead.

2:25 — Three-way tie atop the leaderboard

Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay are all at 11-under and two strokes ahead of fourth-place Branden Grace. Scheffler is through four holes and Morikawa and Cantlay are through three.

Collin Morikawa hits his second shot on the 1st hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

2:16 —Scottie Scheffler within one stroke of lead

After sinking a shot from roughly 16 feet, Scheffler dropped to 2-under on the day and 11-under for the tournament after three holes, tying him with Collin Morikawa and moving within a stroke of leader Patrick Cantlay, who is even through two holes.

1:56 — Leaders bogey first hole

With Jon Rahm out of the tournament, co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay each started their final rounds with a bogey. Morikawa hit his drive in the rough on the par-4 No. 1 and couldn't get to the green in regulation. He missed a 9-foot putt for par. Cantlay hit his approach into the bunker and missed a 4-foot par putt. Scottie Scheffler is now one shot behind at 10-under. 

Patrick Cantlay watches Collin Morikawa's tee shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

1:40 — Leaders Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay tee off

Tied at 12-under after three rounds of play, Morikawa and Cantlay have taken the course for their first shots of the final day. Scottie Scheffler, who started at 1:30, birdied his first hole to pull within two shots of the leaders.

1:36 — Rickie Fowler getting hot

Rickie Fowler has moved into a tie for seventh after birdies on three of his last four holes.

Rickie Fowler tees off on the 1st hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

1:03 — Jimmy Walker charging

With co-leaders Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay less than an hour from teeing off, Jimmy Walker is making an early move in today's final round. Walker is at 6-under for the day and 5-under for the tournament, seven shots off the lead. Walker has six birdies without a bogey through 11 holes to get to a tie for sixth place.

8:16 — Jack Nicklaus comments on Jon Rahm

Catching up on some developments from Saturday's Jon Rahm news. Jack Nicklaus issued this statement:

Here was the gut-wrenching moment Rahm was informed of his positive COVID test:

And here were Rahm's thoughts:

7:55 — And they're off

The first group of the day is off and walking. Let's see if today's drama can match what went down on Saturday, when Jon Rahm's world blew up and the Memorial got caught in the explosion. 

7:41 a.m. — Another sunny day, and time for some drama

The first twosome of K.H. Lee and  Billy Horschel tees off at 7:55 a.m. Horschel, who shot an 82 on Saturday, is at 12-over-par and Lee is plus-8. A long way to go to catch leaders Colin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, who are at 12-under.