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Jon Rahm: Don’t bet on me to win Masters

Jon Rahm at 2021 WGC Workday Championship at The Concession
Jon Rahm, talking with Adam Scott earlier this year, is 2 weeks from becoming a 1st-time father, which might conflict with the Masters on April 8-11.

World No. 3 rates as a top pick for Augusta National, but he faces a possible obstacle: His wife is due to give birth on Masters weekend

In the latest betting line for the upcoming Masters, Jon Rahm was listed by Golfodds.com among the favorites to win the green jacket, at 12-1 odds. But don’t be tempted. It’s a bad bet.

So says none other than Jon Rahm.

“If anybody's thinking of a 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,” Rahm said Tuesday in Austin, Texas, where he will be seeded No. 3 in the WGC Match Play, which begins Wednesday.

It’s not that Rahm isn’t capable of winning the Masters. Though the five-time PGA Tour winner has yet to win a major championship, he has posted three consecutive top-10 results at Augusta National Golf Club. At No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he has recorded three top-10 results in five starts in 2021. So why the sudden lack of confidence?

The 26-year-old Spaniard is about to become a first-time dad, and it very might be Masters weekend.

His wife, Kelley, is due to deliver April 10-12, Rahm said. The Masters is scheduled for April 8-11.

“I'm ready to go at any moment's notice, to be honest,” said Rahm, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. “If it happens today, I can go to the hotel and be gone quick.

“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that's my head right now.”

Perhaps Dustin Johnson, the oddsmakers’ favorite at 8-1, is looking even better for a successful defense of his 2020 green jacket.

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