The Players Championship: Rahm withdraws due to illness

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World number one Jon Rahm withdrew from The Players Championship ahead of his second round due to illness.

Rahm carded a one-under 71 in the opening round, leaving him seven strokes behind overnight leader Chad Ramey, but he was unable to compete on Friday.

Confirmation of Rahm's withdrawal from the PGA Tour's flagship event came less than an hour before he was scheduled to tee off at TPC Sawgrass.

The 28-year-old, who previously won The Players Championship in 2020, had been chasing a sixth victory in 11 worldwide starts.

He had been due to play in a marquee group alongside Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler for the second straight day.