Jorge Campillo
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The Spanish Olympic Committee has confirmed that Jorge Campillo will be the last-minute substitute for John Rahm to represent Spain in the golf at the Tokyo Olympics. Campillo will now play alongside Dubai resident Adri Arnaus in the tournament.

World No. 1 Rahm, who recently won the US Open and finished third in the British Open, was one of Spain’s clearest hopes for a medal in Tokyo but was forced to withdraw after a positive COVID test in the third of three PCR tests he was obliged to take before travelling to Japan.

It is the second time COVID-19 has dashed Rahm’s hopes of glory, his first positive test came when he was leading the Memorial Tournament in Ohio ahead of the final round of the competition. Campillo, 35, is ranked 199th in the world, and is racing to complete the necessary tests and fly to Tokyo before the first round of the golf on Thursday.