Despite a positive COVID-19 test forcing him to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village — which he was leading by six after 54 holes — Jon Rahm remains a substantial favorite to win the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines next weekend.

Rahm has won a Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey before and is playing some of the best golf of anyone in the world. Over the last three months, only four golfers are gaining more than 2.0 strokes per round on the field, and Rahm leads that crew at 2.48 (Brian Harman, Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa are all over 2.0 as well).

This is indicative of how he played at Memorial, too, where he had gained over 20 strokes on one of the best fields of the PGA Tour season en route to what would have certainly been his sixth PGA Tour victory. Rahm’s resume is robust, but it’s…

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