Jon Rahm has withdrawn from the American Express, event of this week in La Quinta, California. The top-ranked player in the field, the second player in the world and winner of 2018’s American Express, didn’t give a reason but suffered a back injury after a gym session.
The American Express The 62nd annual American Express, played on two courses at PGA West, begins Thursday and goes through Sunday. Rahm’s absence means Patrick Cantlay (10), Patrick Reed (11) and Brooks Koepka (12) will be the highest-ranked players in the field.
Even without Rahm, who finished tied for seventh in the Sentry Tournament of Champions two weeks ago in Hawaii, the American Express field includes 12 of the top 50 players in the world. Due weeks ago, after over 7 years, Harris English returns to success on the PGA Tour.
The American golfer in Hawaii takes the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of 2021, and celebrates – with 267 (-25) strokes – his third career title on the top US men’s circuit. With a birdie at the first play-off hole, the 31-year-old from Valdosta (who had not managed to win since 2013, the year of his double sharp first at the FedEx St.
Jude Classic and then at the OHL in Mayakoba) overtook the competition from Chilean Joaquin Niemann, second after a great comeback in the final lap characterized by a partial of 64 (-9), the best of the day. In Kapalua third place (268, -24) for Justin Thomas, defending champion.
Fourth place (269, -23) for Ryan Palmer (who had finished in the lead, with English, the third lap). Top 5 (271, -21) for Xander Schauffele (second in 2020 and winner in 2019), returning after the positivity at Covid, and Sungjae Im.
“It feels amazing. All the hard work that has gone into this, all the highs and lows of golf that it brings over a career and I feel like I’ve gotten out of my valley and getting back to the tournaments and some of the quality of golf that I know I can play.
It feels great to have some validation out there on the golf course. Every week you play with somebody that you might think does this better, does that better, but you are who you are, and you can get better at what you do.
That’s what I’ve learned: to not go up-and-down the range saying, I need to be like Dustin or Justin Thomas or Xander Schauffele. I need to be the best version of myself and do the things I do well and always work at it.
I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better at doing that and my coach back home has really kept me on track”, English said.