Jon Rahm Heads to Fortinet Championship with Historic Betting Odds

Jon Rahm With PGA Tour And Fortinet Championship Background With Matsuyama

  • Jon Rahm has the shortest odds to win a PGA Tour event since gambling was legalized in 2018.
  • The world no. 1 is listed as a +375 at PointsBet to win the Fortinet Championship. He is also listed at +400 at BetMGM and BetOnline.
  • Hideki Matsuyama has the second-shortest odds at +1400.

Jon Rahm isn’t the only member of the two Ryder Cup teams playing this weekend. He is also in the tournament with the shortest odds in the history of legal golf betting in the United States.

The odds, however, did not really come as a surprise because Rahm is the first world no. 1 to compete in this tournament. He is the hottest golfer on the tour not named Patrick Cantlay. The world’s no. 1 golfer missed out on winning the FedEx Cup thanks to the handicapped scoring system. Still, he led the 2021 PGA Tour money list with over $7.7M.

Rahm Has Shortest Ever Odds to win a PGA Tour Event

According to PointsBet, Rahm’s odds are the shortest ever odds to win a PGA Tour event since sports betting was legalized in 2018. BetMGM was also quick to add that Rahm’s current price (+400 at BetMGM) was also the lowest odds for a favorite on a PGA Tour event since Tiger Woods was a +275 to win the 2013 Arnold Palmer.

At BetMGM, Rahm has the second most betting slips at 6.5% with only Kevin Na having more at 8.2%. The Basque also had the highest betting handle at the same sportsbook with 26% of the total betting money wagered on him. Rahm is also the third-highest liability for BetMGM.

Interestingly, however, Rahm begged off from Wednesday’s Pro-Am with stomach issues although some speculate that he may be just sick to the stomach after being snubbed by his fellow golfers who voted Patrick Cantlay as the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. Anyway, there are no other announcements and the 26-year old is expected to tee off at the Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course at 7:44 a.m.local time in a threesome with Max Home and Si Woo Kim.

Hideki Matsuyama as Second Favorite

Hideki Matsuyama has the second shortest odds in the BetOnline odds board at +1800. He was third in the first year here at Silverado in 2014 but has not much since and rarely plays the event. But with Matsuyama seen doing extra work on the course last Monday, the 2021 Masters could be dialed in and give Rahm a run for the money.

Kevin Na is next on the odds board at +2000 and after a Ryder Cup snub, he heads to the Fortinet Championships with fire in his belly. He enters the tournament ranked 1st in strokes gained: total in Silverado and has four Top 10 finishes in his last four starts including a third-place finish at East Lake so his form is as good as anyone’s coming into the tournament.

Webb Simpson is also listed at +2000 and should be a solid fit here with his ability to gain strokes off the tee and is one of the best with wedges. Will Zalatoris is 4th at +2200 while Cameron Champ, Cameron Tringale, Charley Hoffman, Emiliano Grillo, and Harold Varner follow at +5000 each.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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