Jon Rahm, relax before four-week tour de force

"If there is a week to win, it is this one. I am at home, in front of the local public, with a lot of family and friends..."

by Andrea Gussoni
Jon Rahm, relax before four-week tour de force
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Jon Rahm, now recovered from his foot infection that forced him to withdraw before starting the US Open a month ago, faces a four-week 'tour de force' competing in four very different events starting this Friday: LIV Golf in Valderrama (Cádiz), British Open at Royal Troon (Scotland), LIV Golf in Rocester (United Kingdom) and the Olympic tournament at Le Golf National (Versailles, Paris).

"If there is a week to win, it is this one. I am at home, in front of the local public, with a lot of family and friends...", said the Basque this Wednesday in the previous press conference in Valderrama, a field that he likes, but not as much as its neighbor on the other side of the Mediterranean highway, the RCG Sotogrande.

In two of his three previous visits to what is considered the Augusta National in southern Europe (then he played in the month of October), Rahm missed the cut, although at LIV the cut does not exist.

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Rahm also explained that he is very happy to be able to return to Spain and, although it does not depend on him, but on when his third child, a girl, is born, "my plan is to play the Spanish Open (September 26-29) and the Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters in Sotogrande (October 17-20).

However, he explained that the natural deadlines would be for the dates of the Spanish Open, or "a little later", at most, so until that same month he will not be able to confirm his presence in Andalusia again. "One of those tournaments or both, or hopefully none, could bother me," he said.

Rahm highlighted that he has played "well enough" throughout the year to win a tournament and pointed out that a victory in the LIV Andalucía would be "very special to follow all the great champions who have won here" and to finally break a drought of victories that has lasted too long.

The one from Barrika gave himself a grade "between a six and a seven. I can't raise it because I haven't won a tournament yet. The opposite is happening to me than last year: I started very well, but in the second part of the season I started to lower the level.

I have confidence in myself, mentally there are always going to be certain challenges, because there have been changes in my life, and I am very comfortable where I am and eager to compete," he said. He then added that "there is one day, a 'swing', something that changes everything and you start a good streak." Rahm spoke of Valderrama as a course that is "a challenge for everyone.

The mental part is as important or more important than the rest of the game. Valderrama is very special because of what it meant when starting to play golf. Two friends of "My parents were in the area at the 1997 Ryder Cup, they had never played, they came over and that's why my father's friends started playing and he started playing for them, after seeing Seve," explained the Biscayan .

"Then, my father taught me golf," and although the Cantabrian left us victim of a brain tumor in 2011, "his legacy of him continues because of things like that, because of the memory I have of him every time I come here." Finally, he was sincere in acknowledging that if he were given the choice between winning the LIV Andalucía, the British British Championship next week or a medal at the Olympic Games, he would take "the silver jug." He would be the second Spaniard to lift such a precious trophy after the three jugs of the idolized Seve of him in 1979, 1984 and 1988.

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