Online Sportsbooks Pay Out Jon Rahm Bets; Circa Sports Explains Why It Won’t

Written By FairwayJay on June 6, 2021
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The Memorial Tournament bettors are getting good news and bad news from sportsbooks on their Jon Rahm bets. The pre-tournament favorite at odds near +1000, Rahm was forced to withdraw from the event after Round 3 holding a six-shot lead.

The PGA TOUR issued a statement after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result on Rahm.

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The PGA TOUR protocols require any player who tests positive for COVID-19 to withdraw from a tournament.

The reactions to the Jon Rahm news is widespread in the media and on social platforms.

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Online SportsBooks Payout Jon Rahm Bets

Leading U.S. sportsbooks are handling the bets on Jon Rahm differently, and understanding house rules is important when betting on golf. Wagering to win on futures bets and golf prop bets like top finishing position and match-betting can vary when wagering on golf and other sports.

Fortunately, bettors who placed bets on Jon Rahm to win the Memorial Tournament will be paid by leading sportsbooks FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, William Hill and PointsBet. Some will only pay out in site credit, requiring bettors to play the funds before a withdrawal of Rahm winnings.

That’s a relief to a bettor who placed the biggest win bet at William Hill on Jon Rahm to win the Memorial with his $3,000 win wager returning $39,000.

BetMGM decided to pay out in cash, not site credit.

Despite being the betting favorite, BetMGM sent TheLines a betting report that showed Jon Rahm had just less than 4% of both the win bets and total money bet to win (handle). Seven other golfers had more win bets and ten others more money bet to win, including current co-leaders Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa.

FOXBet initially issued a statement that all bets on Jon Rahm to win the Memorial would be voided. Then Sunday morning, FOXBet sent out an update on its “Good-Will Gesture “that all bets on Jon Rahm to win or finish in the top 5, 10, or 20 will be paid out as winners.

Why Circa Sports Says It Won’t Pay Out Jon Rahm Bets

Some bettors in Las Vegas are not so lucky.

The SuperBook in Las Vegas issued a statement along with Circa Sports that they will abide by house rules and not pay out bets on Jon Rahm. Only wagers on the official winner of the tournament will be paid.

“Through the years, I’ve shied away from any payouts that involve subjectivity. It never leads to a good place long term from a customer perspective,” Circa Sportsbook Director Matthew Metcalf tweeted. “That said i am happy for the people who received payment and can understand the perspective of those companies choosing to do so … Everything we do at Circa Sports revolves around building a consistent experience for the customer. While i recognize not everyone will agree with every decision we make, I’d like to think that we’ve set a clear expectation as to how we do business – this is everything to me.”

You can read Metcalf’s full comments on his Twitter replies page.

Do you agree? Tweet us your thoughts @TheLinesUS.

Rahm’s Was Dominating at the Memorial Tournament 

Defending Memorial champion Jon Rahm was dusting the field.

After resuming the delayed second round on Saturday morning, Rahm aced the 16th hole with an 8-iron for a hole-in-one. His stats and profile looked like this following the completion of Round 3 Saturday afternoon.

  • Tied the tournament scoring record (-18) through 54 holes
  • 6-shot lead
  • Recorded his best career round by strokes gained
  • Most birdies-or-better thru 3 rounds: 22
  • 1st SG: Tee-to-Green
  • 1st SG: Off-the-Tee
  • 1st SG: Approach-the-Green
  • 1st SG: Total
  • 3rd in SG: Putting and 2nd in Driving Accuracy

And then he was told he had to withdraw behind the 18th green

Jon Rahm will need to remain in isolation through Tuesday, June 15, and hopefully be cleared and ready for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines starting June 17. Many bettors will be back on board with Rahm to win the 121st U.S. Open, and he’s currently the favorite with odds from +800 to +1300.

Be sure to check your tickets and the sportsbook rules before wagering.


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