Jon Rahm had his first likelihood to change into world primary over the weekend, needing to win the Genesis Invitation in Los Angeles to unseat McIlroy in high spot.
The 25-year-outdated struck a 5-beneath 279 to share 17th place, ending six pictures behind total winner Adam Scott.
A top-20 is a stable end for most experts on tour, nevertheless it was, remarkably, Rahm’s second worst end result since Could 2019.
It additional underlines his consistency, class and expertise, to maintain placing himself in rivalry on each given weekend.
Since a T3 end at the US Open in June, he has recorded three wins, 4 runners-up, two high-5s, three top-10s and three top-20s from 15 begins.
To zone in even additional on his consistency, he has averaged a ending place of 5.seventh place in his final 15 occasions, since sharing third with Xander Schauffele and Justin Rose at Pebble Seaside.
In 53 per cent of these tournaments, he has clinched third place or higher. No person else in the recreation boasts higher solidity over the final eight months than the Spaniard.
Though he fell to 11th in the rankings final June, the Barrika man has bounced again as much as third and is now inside attain of each McIlroy and Koepka.
McIlroy and Koepka might milk most of the consideration for now however, more and more, it seems like a matter as to when for Rahm, as the race to primary continues to tighten.
Rahm reached a profession excessive second in the world in February, 2018 and now may change into the first Spaniard to carry the high spot since Seve Ballesteros in 1989.
He’ll have the likelihood to safe primary once more this yr, and it’s hardly out of the realm of chance given his devastating run of kind since the summer time.
The reigning Race to Dubai winner’s play from the tee is a big asset to his locker. He ranked sixth in scoring common (69.618) on the PGA Tour final marketing campaign, and was ranked high 5 in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee in all three of his first Tour seasons.
All professional golfers dream of profitable majors, and whether or not you’re 450th or primary ranked in the world, everybody needs to style that final glory. Solely few are fortunate sufficient to expertise that feeling and obtain their main objective although.
Rahm has carried out quite a bit at his younger age – he doesn’t flip 26 till November – and reveals no indicators of slowing down but both.
Fixed rivalry at tournaments and a thirst to all the time enhance has been at the centre of his persona. Traits which are positive to bear fruit ultimately.
Sergio Garica could also be Spains final main winner, however with energy off the tee and a magical quick recreation, Rahm has the potential to summon the spirit of Seve and be the subsequent Spain nice on the main stage.
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