Jon Rahm Withdraws from The American Express 2021; Updated Odds List Patrick Cantlay as Favorite
Christian Petersen/PGA of America/PGA of America via Getty Images. Pictured: Jon Rahm.
Jon Rahm, the world’s No. 2-ranked player in the world, has withdrawn from this week’s The American Express 2021, leaving a hole at the top of the leaderboard.
Rahm was the clear favorite at +500 at DraftKings before withdrawing, well ahead of the second-favorite Patrick Cantlay, who was +1300 before updated odds were released.
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This was a comfortable tournament for Rahm, who won the event in 2018 when it was the CareerBuilder Challenge. He took down Andrew Landry in a playoff that year. Landry then won in 2019.
With top-7 finishes in each of his last three events worldwide, Rahm was in prime form, as well. In recent years, Rahm has been the exception to the trend of longshots winning The American Express.
Just a reminder: The average pre-tourney odds of winners at the AmEx over the past decade was just north of 125/1 – and that includes Rahm, who went off at 7/2 three years ago.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) January 18, 2021
When odds re-opened, Cantlay remained at +1300 just ahead of Patrick Reed (+1500), Tony Finau (+1700) and Scottie Scheffler (+1700). Brooks Koepka and Sungjae Im (+2100) are tied for fifth on the latest oddsboard.
Matthew Wolff (+2300) was the only other played listed below +3000 odds.
Sony Open winner Kevin Na opened at +4000 but was given a bump to +3500 with Rahm’s withdraw.
Landry, the defending champion, is +25000 at DraftKings as of Monday afternoon.
Adam Long, the 2019 winner, is +7500.
Other former champions in the field include Reed, Hudson Swafford, Jason Dufner, Brian Gay, Bill Haas, Mark Wilson, D.J. Trahan, Pat Perez and Charley Hoffman.
The event tees off in California on Thursday.
Other players to withdraw from the field include K.J. Choi, Harold Varner III, Sebastian Munoz and Brendon Todd. Choi, Munoz and Todd all played in last week’s Sony Open.