As the 2021 edition of The Masters approaches, the world’s third-ranked player, Jon Rahm, is obviously one of the betting favorites at Augusta National. However, the five-time PGA Tour winner has advised gamblers to “think twice” about betting on him at The Masters as he may not even be in the field when the first major championship of the year kicks off in a few weeks.
Jon Rahm has three consecutive top-10 finishes at The Masters
Since turning pro just after the 2016 U.S. Open, where he finished as the low amateur, Jon Rahm has teed it up at The Masters on four occasions and made the cut each time.
In his debut at Augusta in 2017, he finished tied for 27th after shooting 3-over for the week, a dozen shots behind winner and fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia. The following year, Rahm took solo fourth as he finished four shots back of Patrick Reed.
In 2019, the year in which Tiger Woods claimed his fifth win at The Masters, Rahm finished three shots back and tied for ninth. And he then notched a third consecutive top-10 finish at Augusta this past November as he tied for seventh, although he finished 10 shots back of Dustin Johnson, who shot a record 20-under to win his second major championship.
He’s currently listed at 11-1 to win at Augusta
Given Jon Rahm’s history at Augusta, the 26-year-old is obviously one of the favorites heading into this year’s edition of The Masters, which begins on April 8.
FanDuel currently has Rahm listed at +1100 to win, giving him the fourth-best odds behind only Johnson (+850), U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau (+900), and Justin Thomas (+1000), who recently replaced Rahm as the second-ranked player in the world following his victory at The Players Championship.
However, there’s a good chance Rahm may not even be in the field at Augusta in a few weeks.
Jon Rahm has advised people to ‘think twice’ about betting on him at The Masters as he may not even play if his wife goes into labor
For those unaware, Jon Rahm’s wife, Kelley, is pregnant with the couple’s first child and is due the second week of April, which could obviously impact her husband’s plans as it pertains to The Masters.
Ahead of this week’s WGC-Match Play event in Austin, however, Rahm made it crystal clear that he would leave any tournament, no matter where he is on the leaderboard on any day, to be with his wife when she gives birth (h/t Golf Channel).
“If anybody’s thinking of betting on me on The Masters, maybe think about it twice because there’s a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week.
“I’m just hoping everything goes well. I’ve said it before; if I have to leave any event, I’ll leave. If I have to leave this week, hopefully it doesn’t come when I’m in the final and I just have to leave after nine holes. I mean, that would be unfortunate for the winner, but it is what it is.
“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that’s my head right now.”Jon Rahm on the possibility of missing The Masters
So there you have it, bettors. Jon Rahm has warned you so there’s no excuse to be upset if you throw some money down on him and he walks off the course on the back nine at The Masters if Kelley goes into labor. So do you think he’ll have a sweet beeper like Phil Mickelson did back at the 1999 U.S. Open?