"The victory in match-4 over Cantlay and Schauffele? It was a difficult match, Tyrrell Hatton and I knew how tough the two of them were. We made great iron shots, and capitalized on their mistakes as best we could. It wasn't a given to get ours result".
Word of the Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, protagonist of a great performance this morning at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club on the second day of the Ryder Cup. Europe is leading 9.5 to 2.5, just five points away from winning the cup.
Jon Rahm, statements
"The bond that has been created in Team Europe? It's all about chemistry, being good teammates is a skill, you have to help and encourage each other - continues Rahm - The comments on social media? I don't have social media accounts, but my friends make me read stuff (laughs, ed.).
Whatever people say on the internet, it doesn't change my approach to the tournament, I'm here to do my duty." Rahm played successful college golf for Arizona State University. During this time he won 11 titles and led the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a total of 60 weeks.
After graduating, he became a professional golfer in 2016. In the first year of his professional career, he confirmed his good results and temporarily reached second place in the world rankings. Rahm won, among other things, the Dubai World Championship, the final tournament of the European Tour, in 2017 and 2019.
In July 2020, Jon Rahm reached the top of the world golf rankings for the first time with his victory at the Memorial. Rahm was the 24th player and the second Spaniard after Severiano Ballesteros to top the world rankings. He lost his top spot to Justin Thomas two weeks later, but regained it after the PGA Championships, only to lose it again to Dustin Johnson two weeks later.
After Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, Rahm was the third player to top the world rankings among both amateurs and professionals. At the 2021 Memorial, Rahm, as the defending champion, was in the lead by six shots after three rounds played, but had to withdraw from the current tournament due to a positive test for SARS-CoV-2.
Four weeks later, upon his return to the tour, Rahm achieved his first major victory when he won the 2021 US Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, California by one shot over Louis Oosthuizen. Rahm is the first Spaniard to win the US Open.
In addition, with the victory, Rahm took the lead in the world golf rankings for the third time, which he held until July 2021. In April 2023 he won his second major, the Masters in Augusta, four strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka, who he was four strokes behind before the final round. With the victory, Rahm regained the lead in the world golf rankings.