Tournament favorite Jon Rahm withdraws from The American Express

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Jon Rahm withdrew from The American Express Monday.

The World No. 2 was listed as the tournament favorite, for good reason. Aside from posting six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, Rahm won the former Desert Classic in 2018 and followed with a strong title defense in 2019, ultimately finishing sixth.

No reason was given for Rahm’s WD as of Monday afternoon. Rahm turned in a T-7 performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. It was his first outing since switching from TaylorMade to Callaway equipment.

Brandon Hagy will take Rahm’s place in the field, with Patrick Cantlay the new betting favorite in Rahm’s absence.

This year’s The American Express is without its usual pro-am format due to California COVID-19 restrictions, and will be conducting the tournament over two venues (PGA West’s Stadium and Nicklaus courses) rather than its traditional three.

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