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Jon Rahm explains he withdrew from American Express after injury sustained in the gym

Golfweek logo Golfweek 1/20/2021 Julie Williams
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Jon Rahm, at No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, would have been the highest-ranked player in this week’s American Express field. But Rahm, who started 2021 with a new Callaway equipment deal, announced his withdrawal from the event at PGA West earlier this week.

Initially, when Rahm withdrew on Monday, he didn’t give a reason. As it turns out, Rahm suffered an injury in the gym that will prevent him from competing this week.

“Truth is, I hurt myself in the gym on Friday. I’m taking time off now trying to be smart. I could play right now but I don’t want to make it worse,” Rahm told SiriusXM Radio’s Colt Knost.

According to a GolfChannel.com report, Rahm’s manager Jeff Koski said Rahm is still planning to play next week’s Farmers Insurance Open.

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Rahm recorded a top-10 finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. He had been the oddsmakers’ favorite to win the American Express before his withdrawal.

Brandon Hagy will take Rahm’s spot in the field.

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