PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — World No. 1 Jon Rahm withdrew from the Players Championship citing stomach illness.
Rahm, 28, has been on an absolute tear this year, winning three times in his seven starts on the PGA Tour and rising to World No. 1 with a victory at the Genesis Invitational last month. Last week, the Spaniard had his worst result of the season finishing T-39 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.
Rahm opened with a 1-under 71 on Thursday at TPC Stadium Course. He was scheduled to tee off along with No. 2-ranked Scottie Scheffler and No. 3 Rory Mcilroy at 12:56 p.m. ET. There are scenarios based on their finishes where both Scheffler and McIlroy can supplant Rahm as World No. 1.
It also marks the end of Rahm’s Tour-leading streak of making the 36-hole cut at 25 events, dating to the Fortinet Championship in September 2021.
Rahm previously withdrew just once in his career when he was the 54-hole leader of the Memorial but was forced to pull out after testing positive with COVID-19.
FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Jon Rahm WD from THE PLAYERS Championship due to illness.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) March 10, 2023