Jon Rahm, West Coast Swing as a spectator

After a long wait, following his signing with the League led by Greg Norman, Jon Rahm inaugurated his golf season by taking to the field at Mayakoba, in the first event of the LIV Golf season

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jon Rahm, West Coast Swing as a spectator
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After a long wait, following his signing with the League led by Greg Norman, Jon Rahm inaugurated his golf season by taking to the field at Mayakoba, in the first event of the LIV Golf season. And the debut wasn't bad at all.

His team, Legion XIII, won the team classification, trailing Captain DeChambeau's Crushers by four strokes. Rahm instead ranked third (tied with Dean Burmester), due to two bogeys in the last two holes, which denied him access to the playoff, won by Joaquin Niemann.

And it is precisely to the Chilean that Rahmbo dedicated one of his thoughts: “I think it's hard to say…do I think (Niemann, NDR) deserves to play in the Majors? Sure" “Does he have the talent to be in contests and possibly win them? Sure" “But, unfortunately, the fact is that he has to try to qualify in order to compete in them”.

At the moment Niemann has a guaranteed place in Troon, having won the ISPS Handa Australian Open, while for the other three Majors everything is linked to his position in the OWGR (he is currently 74th, NDR), the big unresolved problem for the LIV Golf.

But let's get back to Rahm.

Jon Rahm, statements

After the first round at El Camaleòn, the Spaniard responded to those who asked him for his impressions of the climate, different from that of the PGA Tour, in which he played (those who followed the competition will have noticed the background music that accompanies the players in different areas of the course, starting from the tee shot on the first hole, NDR): “It's definitely a little different kind of vibe, but I really liked the music” “It's not much different than when I play at home (he lives in Scottsdale).

Many of those I play with have carts with very loud speakers." “And anyway it was fantastic, here I played with two of the nicest guys there are (in the first round he played with Talor Gooch and Cam Smith, NDR)”.

To conclude, I return to Scottsdale to introduce the last of Rahmbo's pills. This is the "freshest" one, born from the statements released on the sidelines of the second event of the Saudi League, which will take place tomorrow in Las Vegas.

The choice to play on LIV resulted in the fact that, after years, he experienced West Coast Swing as a spectator. “It was very difficult to stay at home without playing, knowing that the tournaments were underway” “Palm Springs and Torrey have been tough weeks.

I have explained many times what Torrey Pines means to me. And passing through Phoenix so many times (it's 30 minutes from Scottsdale), knowing I wouldn't be playing there (it's the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open) was absolutely thrilling." “I hope, in the not too distant future, to be able to play some of these tournaments again” “If there is ever a way we can play again, even if it's through an invitation, I will do it.

As I said, there are some tournaments that I care a lot about, that I would like to give my support to again” “I'm not a man who regrets his decisions. I made the most careful decision I could with the complete support of the people close to me, confident that I had done the right thing."

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