Jon Rahm, born in Barrika on November 10, 1994, was already number 1 in the world amateur golf rankings, for a record time of 60 weeks, he reached the first place of the official ranking after winning the Memorial Tournament in July 2020, then returning to occupy the highest position following the victory of the U.S. Open in June 2021: he was the first Spaniard to triumph in the prestigious tournament.
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 strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson, while in the second event, the Dell Technologies Match Play, he lost the final to 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 US 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 European Tour Golfer of the Year.
In the year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the title of the Memorial Tournament he becomes first in the world rankings, the second Spaniard in history to do so after Severiano Ballesteros.
In August he also won the BMW Championship, beating Dustin Johnson in the playoffs. In June 2021 he was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament, where he was leading with a gap of six strokes at the end of the third lap, due to a positive test for COVID-19. However, his first triumph in a major arrived on 20 June, at the US Open, thanks to two birdies in the last two holes. In July, he finished third at the Open Championship tied with Louis Oosthuizen.