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Born: 10 November 1994
Birthplace: Barrika, Basque Country, Spain
College: Arizona State University
Resides: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Major Wins: 1
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 15
Other Wins: 1
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Jon Rahm (nicknamed ‘Rahmbo’) is a US Open champion (2021) with 15 other wins worldwide, three of which coming in 2022.
Jon turned professional in 2016 after winning the low amateur at the U.S. Open and finished 3rd in his first event as a pro at the Quicken Loans National. In 2017 he won European Tour Rookie of the Year which caused controversy amongst his fellow pro’s, who felt that it should've gone to a more committed member of the tour.
Jon’s early weakness on Tour was his fiery temper which could be triggered if things aren’t going his way but he's managing this better now and was ice cool to pick up his first major at the US Open in 2021.
Jon got married in December 2019 and he and his wife, Kelley, and had their first child, Kepa, in April 2021.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Recent evidence suggests Jon is better coming from off the pace to win however he led well from the front in Dubai. Should be backed if trailing by a few shots as he likes being aggressive. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐⭐⭐.
❌ Began the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open two shots behind Sam Ryder. A really poor performance saw him shoot 74 to slip from 2nd to 7th.
✅ Joint leader with Davis Thompson going into the final round of The American Express. Was impressive tee to green, even if the putter was cold, and won by one shot.
✅ Trailed by SEVEN shots going into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions and shot 63 to win by 2 shots, a convincing display albeit relied on the help of leader Collin Morikawa.
✅ Led by 1 shot going into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship and shot 67 to win by 2 shots.
➖ Started the final round of the CJ Cup one shot behind Rory McIlroy and shot 69 to lose by 3 shots.
✅ Shot a final round 62 to win the Open De Espana by 6 shots, a clinical display.
✅ Began the final round of the BMW PGA Championship 5 shots behind the leaders and shot 62 to finish 1 shot back of winner Shane Lowry.
❌ Trailed by one going into the final round of the US Open and shot 74 to finish 7 shots short of winner Matt Fitzpatrick.
✅ Began the final round of the Mexico Open with a 2 shot lead. Shot 69 to win by 1 shot, wasn't the best performance by any means but enough to get the job done.
➖ Began 1 shot back from the leaders at the Farmers Insurance Open and shot 71 to finish 1 shot back of List.
➖ Co-led the Sentry Tournament of Champions, once again with Cameron Smith. Although shooting 66, Jon didn't bring his best golf and Smith beat him by a shot in the end.
❌ Rahm jointly led with Cameron Smith going into the final round of The Northern Trust. He would bogey two of his last four holes to slip to third and lose out by two shots.
❌ Third going into the final round of the Scottish Open, shot 68 to slip to 7th. Parred his last eight holes when two birdies would have got him into a playoff.
✅ Began the final round of the US Open 3 shots behind the leaders. Shot 67 to win by 1 shot over Louis Oosthuizen. Birdied last two holes with clutch putts.
✅ Rahm shot a superb Saturday 64 to hold a 6 shot lead going into the final round of The Memorial. However, he tested positively for Covid-19 and withdrew from the tournament before the final round.
❌ Rahm was 4 shots off the lead going into the final round of the Players Championship. A disappointing final round of 73 saw him slip to 9th.
❌ Began the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open 2 shots behind Patrick Reed. Shot 72 to finish 6 shots behind Reed. A poor effort.
❌ Trailed Justin Thomas by one shot going into the final round of the Zozo Championship. Was five under par through his first 11 holes to take the lead. He was unfortunate to bogey the 12th when he had a difficult stance in a bunker. However, a bogey on the par five 13th hole when he had an iron in his hand for his 2nd shot was unforgivable. Lost out by a shot to Patrick Cantlay.
✅ Jon entered the final round three shots off the pace at the BMW Championship. Shot a sparkling 64 to make a playoff with Dustin Johnson before holing a 66ft birdie putt at the first playoff hole to win. Notable that he incurred a one shot penalty in the third round for picking his ball up without marking it.
✅ Took a 4 shot lead into the final round of the Memorial Tournament. Stretched the lead to 8 shots after 9 holes however wobbled a bit in difficult conditions in the back 9, playing it in +5 (including a two-shot penalty for grounding his club illegally). In the end he was always comfortably ahead and won by 3 shots.
➖ Held a one-stroke lead after 54 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open before shooting 70 to finish in 2nd place, 1 shot behind Marc Leishman who shot 65. Fell to 0-for-2 in his PGA Tour career with the 54-hole lead/co-lead.
✅ Co-led with Mike Lorenzo-Vera after 54 holes at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and shot 68 to win by 1 shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood. This included a closing birdie on the 72nd hole.
✅ Won the Open De Espana by 5 shots. Saturday 63 gave him a 5 shot lead to take into the final round.
➖ Co-led with Danny Willet after 36 and 54 holes in what became a two-horse race at teh BMW PGA Championship. Shot 70 to finish 3 shots behind Willet who shot 67.
➖ Began final round of The Northern Trust two shots behind Patrick Reed and both shot 69, finishing 3rd place.
✅ Started the final round 5 shots back of 54-hole leader Robert Rock on route to a victory at the Irish Open. Closed with 62 to win by 2 shots over Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger who both shot 66.
Goes Well Fresh
Jon won three times in 2022, all three coming after a break of 3 weeks or more.
Jon finished the 2022 season with a run of 1-4-1-8. Many recent examples of Jon’s wins following a Top-5 finish the previous week (which isn’t hard as he usually does anyway)! In 2019 his DP World Tour Championship win in Dubai followed his Open De Espana win and his 2019 Irish Open win followed a 2nd place. In 2018, his Hero World Challenge win followed a 4th place, Open de Espana win followed a 4th place and CareerBuilder Challenge win followed a 2nd place.
Jon has a tendency to win events multiple times. He's won each of the Irish Open, Open De Espana and DP World Tour Championship twice or more. He would also have won The Memorial twice had he not withdrawn due to Covid in 2021.
2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions
"I'm never too far off, honestly. With the swing mechanics I have it's never a big, big change. That's why I can be consistent. And, yeah, well, everybody was talking about my putting because I could still hit fairways and greens, but nobody talked about how my proximity to the hole was much higher than it was in the past. Therefore, I'm not going to make as many putts, therefore my putting stats are going to be bad. That's why I kept saying a lot of times my putting felt good, I just didn't give myself the best chances."