His chance for redemption is coming.
Jon Rahm was a victim in perhaps the craziest story of the golf season so far.
A week ago at the Memorial Tournament near Columbus, Ohio, Rahm led by six strokes after three rounds. He dominated the course and was all but assured of a victory with a score of 18-under par.
But then misfortune struck. And it hit hard.
According to an article on ESPN, Rahm tested positive for the coronavirus and had to withdraw from the tournament.
The PGA had previously stated that players who were fully vaccinated were allowed to forgo COVID-19 testing. Apparently, Rahm had not met that requirement.
And so a tournament that was almost certainly his, was ultimately won by Patrick Cantlay.
“Unfortunately, the rules are not something that you may like, but they are the rules we have right now,” Memorial Tournament host Jack Nicklaus told the Golf Channel. “You have to abide by them. I don’t know how you send him a trophy for three-quarters of a tournament, but I’d certainly like to.”
Rahm gets a shot at redemption next week. DraftKings Sportsbook has him as the favorite for the PGA’s U.S. Open, which will tee off next Thursday at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.
Rahm is +800, ahead of last year’s champion Bryson DeChambeau (+1200) and some other big names. In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll cover the odds for the upcoming U.S. Open to get you ready for golf’s next major.
Rahm leads defending-champion DeChambeau in U.S. Open futures
Rahm holds the title of U.S. Open favorite thanks to a number of notable performances this season. He finished fifth at the Master’s and then eighth at the PGA Championship. He also had a commanding lead at the Memorial that could have lowered his odds even further if he had completed the victory.
Instead, Rahm is searching for his first victory of the season at the U.S. Open next week. Behind him are DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas (all +1200), as well as Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, and Jordan Spieth (all +1400).
The rest of the top 25 favorites according to DraftKings Sportsbook are as follows:
- Colin Morikawa: +2000
- Viktor Hovland: +2200
- Patrick Cantlay: +2500
- Hideki Matsuyama: +2500
- Patrick Reed: +2500
- Webb Simpson: +2500
- Tony Finau: +2800
- Tyrell Hatton: +2800
- Daniel Berger: +3300
- Tommy Fleetwood: +3300
- Will Zalatoris: +3300
- Jason Day: +4000
- Justin Rose: +4000
- Adam Scott: +4000
- Joaquinn Niemann: +4500
- Scottie Scheffler: +4500
- Several golfers tied at +5000
More odds and wagers will also be added at the best PA online sportsbooks as we draw closer to the event.
Koepka-DeChambeau rivalry adds more wagers to the sportsbook board
Pricing is also available on one of the best rivalries in golf. Koepka and DeChambeau have a feud that goes back more than two years. As noted in an ESPN article, the feud intensified a few weeks ago when a video of Koepka criticizing DeChambeau leaked and went viral. The two golfers have since traded insults and taunts on Twitter.
“I think it’s good for the game. I really do,” Koepka said in the article. “The fact that golf’s on pretty much every news outlet for about two weeks pretty consistently, I think that’s a good thing.”
DraftKings is doing its part to promote the rivalry as well. For the U.S. Open, there are a number of prop bets posted featuring only Koepka and DeChambeau. Betting options include which golfer will finish better, if either will have an eagle, or if they’ll make/miss the cut.
Regardless of whose side you’re on, the feud is adding extra wagers to what is already a loaded betting event. So in the end, everyone wins.
Featured contest at DraftKings will crown a millionaire
Daily fantasy players also have a number of huge contests to pick from. At DraftKings, the Fantasy Golf Millionaire features a $2.5 million prize pool and a first-place payout of $1 million for just a $10 entry fee.
And over at FanDuel, the PGA Mega Eagle will pay out $100,000 to first with an entry fee of $9.
So as we approach golf’s next major championship, there are plenty of storylines to choose from. And plenty of betting options as well.
Koepka and DeChambeau should draw plenty of attention. And Jon Rahm is favored for redemption.
The quest for it starts next week.