Ever since joining the tour in 2016, John Rahm has showcased his immense talents and abilities against the game’s best. In his professional career, Rahm has amassed 2 wins on the PGA Tour and 3 International victories, along with being the recent winner of the Hero World Challenge. So you might ask yourself, what’s missing for the young gun? ….Majors.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where we demand instant gratification. There are 4 major championships each year and we want about 50 different guys to be able to win each one. Most of us writing or tweeting can’t even imagine the pressure of having 4 weeks a year to put it all together to get that exclusive “major champion” status.
John Rahm’s major championship results have been a little short of great so far in his young career. Rahm has struggled in the last two US Opens with missed cuts and a T-23 finish in 2016. The Open Championship hasn’t been much kinder, with a missed cut in 2018 and T-44 and T-59 finishes in 2017 and 2016. In 2018, Rahm managed to accumulate two top 5 finishes at The Master’s and PGA Championship. The tides seem to be turning and getting stronger.
Rahm recently played for the victorious European Ryder Cup team, and played a vital role by beating his childhood hero, Tiger Woods, in the final day singles matches. In his post round interviews he could barely talk, as he was so overcome with emotions regarding what had just happened. After being in a moment like that, on such a big stage, with countries and teammates riding on your every shot, Rahm capitalized with the confidence and ability of a seasoned veteran. Could this moment be the one to give John Rahm the catapult he has needed? Yes, it is..
There is a world of difference between a T-4 finish at The Masters and winning it, and I believe this was the boost Rahm needed to get there. Every player knows and understand the mental hurdle it takes to get into that position and capitalize on it. Something Tiger Woods has had an advantage over so many players for, for so many years. Will beating Tiger turn into John Rahm’s “becoming of age” moment? Yes, it will.
This week Rahm will look to defend his title at The Desert Classic at PGA WEST in La Quinta. I believe John Rahm has the ability to be a future Number 1 player in the world, and I look forward to watching his game grow, along with controlling his emotions, into a breakout 2019.