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Several Sportsbooks Pay Out Even Though Golfer Forced To Withdraw With COVID

Jon Rahm Was Forced To Withdraw From The PGA's Memorial Tournament With A Six-Shot Lead, But Some Books Still Graded Those Tickets As Winners


Sports bettors that placed a wager on Jon Rahm to win the PGA’s Memorial Tournament last weekend may have been paid out, despite the Spaniard being forced to withdraw from the event at the end of the third round after testing positive for COVID-19.

Rahm finished Saturday’s action with a whopping six-shot lead, but when he walked off the 18th green, PGA officials approached him and gave him the news that he would not be allowed to compete on Sunday.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Rahm was in close contact of someone who had tested positive for the virus, but he tested negative early in the tournament. After he made the cut on Friday, however, he was tested again with the results coming back positive.

Although nothing is guaranteed, it would have been very difficult for Rahm to have lost the tournament. The five-time PGA tour winner was 18 under par at the conclusion of the third round, with his two nearest competitors sitting at 12 under. The two players, Patrick Cantlay and Colin Morikawa, both shot just one under par on the final day, with Cantlay winning a playoff to secure the win. A title that some are saying is a tainted.

Several sportsbooks agreed, and decided to reward gamblers who placed bets on Rahm. DraftKings Sportsbook was one of the first to announce they would be grading all Rahm tickets as winners. BetMGM also announced that they would be paying out those who bet on him to be the outright winner, finish in the top 5, top 10, and top 20.

According to a tweet from sports writer Darren Rovell, FanDuel, PointsBet, and William Hill also paid out Rahm tickets as winners.

Cantlay was listed at +2200 odds when the tournament started last Thursday. Rahm was listed anywhere between +800 and +1300.