A false start, Jon Rahm risks the elimination
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1906
In San Diego, California, start to forget for Jon Rahm. The Spaniard, world number 3, closed the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open, a PGA Tour tournament, in 116th place with a score of 73 (+1) shots. After winning four of the last six matches played between the top US men's circuit and the DP World Tour, the Iberian risks elimination.
On a positive streak since 2021, he has always passed the cut in the last 21 games played on the circuit. In Torrey Pines, where in 2017, precisely at the Farmers Insurance Open, he won his first title on the PGA Tour and where in 2021 he celebrated his first feat in a Major by taking the US Open, Rahm risks falling into the heat of the moment.
Three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey for the Basque, now called to react.
Jon Rahm, results
In the USA, at the end of the 18 opening holes, the Americans Sam Ryder and Brent Grant, as well as the Englishman Aaron Rai, are at the top - with a total of 64 (-8) -.
On their heels here is Brendan Steele, 4/o with 65 (-7). While Luke List, who defends the title, is 12/o with 67 (-5) tied, among others, by Collin Morikawa. Further back Justin Thomas, 19/o with 68 (-4). Same score for Will Zalaris, also among the big names in the competition which is giving away 8,700,000 dollars.
Jon Rahm attended Arizona State University and won 11 varsity tournaments, second only to Phil Mickelson who earned 16 titles. In 2015 he participated as an amateur at the Phoenix Open, finishing fifth]. On April 1, he took first place in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and held it for 25 weeks, then regained the position to hold it for another 35 weeks.
He thus qualified for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship the following year: in the first of the two tournaments he finished twenty-third, then turned professional, at the same time losing the right to play in the Open.
The Quicken Loans National was his first professional event and he finished third. The Canadian Open instead saw him finish second. At the end of the season he obtained a card for the 2017 PGA Tour. Rahm found his first success in the Farmers Insurance Open thanks to an eagle on the last hole, managing to enter the major tournaments on the world scene.
At the Mexico Championship, an event in the World Golf Championships series, he finished third, two shots behind the winner Dustin Johnson, while in the second event, the Dell Technologies Match Play, he lost the final against Johnson himself.
He later won the Irish Open and the final tournament of the European Tour season, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, by six strokes, also winning the rookie of the year award. He started 2018 with a second place at the Tournament of Champions, still behind Dustin Johnson, but then came the triumph at the CareerBuilder Challenge with which he reached the second position in the ranking: followed by the one at the Spanish Open and the one at the 2018 Ryder Cup together with the european team.
He finished the year by also obtaining the title at the Hero World Challenge in December. In 2019 came success at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and third place at the U.S. open. He then came back to win the Irish Open and defended his title at the Spanish Open.
In the season finale he triumphed again at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, thus finishing first in the Race to Dubai and becoming the European Tour's Golfer of the Year.