Jon Rahm

Published on   2022-11-24 by Kai

Jon Rahm Rodríguez (born November 10, 1994 in Barrika, Basque Country) is a Spanish golfer of the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour. In 2020 and 2021 Rahm led the world golf rankings for over 30 weeks. His greatest achievement was winning the US Open major in 2021.

The foundation of Rahm's golf career was laid when he attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. There, he won 11 collegiate golf tournaments, which ranks second in school history; only Phil Mickelson's 16 collegiate victories were more successful.

Hogan Award first to win twice

Rahm won the Ben Hogan Award in 2015 and 2016; he is the first player to win it twice. He was also the leading individual player at the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy. He competed in the 2015 Phoenix Open his junior year as an amateur and finished fifth, three strokes behind the winner.

On April 1, 2015, Rahm became the 28th player to be the number one golfer in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

All-time record holder

His total of 60 weeks at the top of the rankings is the all-time record. As the No. 1 player in the world, he reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Amateur before losing to Derek Bard.

He won the 2015 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, which qualified him for the U.S. Open and Open Championship the following year. Finished his collegiate career by winning the Pac-12 Conference Championship and an NCAA Regional Championship before finishing third in the national championship.

Last tournament as an amateur

He was an amateur at the 2016 US Open and finished his final tournament as an amateur in a tie for 23rd place at 7-over par.

After graduating, he became a professional golfer in 2016. Already in the first year of his professional career, he confirmed his good results and played his way up to 2nd place in the world rankings in the meantime.

Rahm won, among others, 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 golf world ranking for the first time by winning the Memorial.

Second Spaniard to top the world rankings

Rahm became the 24th player and second Spaniard after Severiano Ballesteros to top the world rankings. He lost his top position two weeks later to Justin Thomas, but regained it after the PGA Championships, only to lose it again two weeks later to Dustin Johnson.

After Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, Rahm was the third player who managed to top the world rankings in both the amateurs and professionals.

End of tournament participation by Covid

At the 2021 Memorial, Rahm was the defending champion and led by six strokes after three rounds played, but was forced to withdraw from the current tournament after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Four weeks later, on his return to the Tour, Rahm achieved his first major victory when he won the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego, California by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen.

First by June 2021

Rahm is the first Spaniard to win the US Open. In addition, Rahm took the lead in the world golf rankings for the third time with the victory, which he held until July 2021.

Rahm's last name comes from a Swiss ancestor who emigrated to Bilbao in the 1820s. The golf pro is an avid supporter of Basque soccer team Athletic Club Bilbao and was honored as the club's guest of honor at a match in December 2019.

He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his American wife Kelley and their son, born in 2021. His nickname is Rahmbo.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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