Jon Rahm enters the slow ball change debate
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1552
This week the fight for number 1 in the world ranking will not change the position of the leader Scottie Scheffler, but of course neither for Jon Rahm nor for the American, the World Cup in Austin (World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play) is one more tournament .
It is a modality that both love, although this event seems to be facing its last edition. Scheffler, as the defending champion, is the man to beat, although Jon already knows what it's like to reach the final. In the same group as 'León de Barrika' are Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Keith Mitchell.
Jon Rahm, statements
The Spaniard returns to action this Wednesday in a match against Fowler after being dropped from The Players after matchday one due to a stomach virus. "I had to go home. I couldn't drink without feeling nauseated," explained the Biscayan.
What 'Rahmbo' is very clear about is that there are solutions so that the match play modality can be maintained in a PGA Tour tournament now that there is talk of abandoning it because the field is very depleted over the weekend, something that is not It is good neither for the public nor for television.
Jon understands it, but he also remembers how beautiful this type of tournament is. "Usually in tournaments you have to go your own way and hopefully beat the other 150 players. Match play is fun, it's much more aggressive. You see more birdies and a lot happens." Rahm was also asked about the possibility open by the USGA and the R&A to change the ball that the professionals use to try to make it go between 15 and 30 yards less: "I think if you want to go back with the ball, it would be something more harmful for those who go shorter in the circuit than for those who achieve more distance [...] We are in a golden era of golf that exploded after COVID, a lot of people are following it, you have a completely different circuit, all these things that "What's going on makes golf grow.
Why change what works? I think there are other things that can be done besides changing the technology of the game to make it more challenging for us. That would be my suggestion to them."