Jon Rahm faces the British Open with plenty of ambition

Jon Rahm with Phil Mickelson, on Wednesday's training session at the British Open

Jon Rahm with Phil Mickelson, in Wednesday’s training session at the British Open

Life has taken a spectacular turn for Jon Rahm since lifting the US Open champion trophy on June 21 in the demanding setting of Torrey Pines, on the San Diego coast. His triumph came accompanied by his jump to number one in the world ranking, a position from which he has dropped this past Sunday by thousandths with his seventh place at the Scottish Open.

The 26-year-old golfer from Biscay is the center of attention wherever he goes and this week at the Royal Saint George’s in Sandwich (England), where the British Open, the fourth and last major, will be held from this Thursday until Sunday. of the year, he appears clearly prominent in all bets (8/1) ahead of some of the big names of reference such as Brooke Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy or Xander Schauffele (17/1).

I come to the British with the same emotion as the US Open and I am prepared for the pressure. I think this week I played quite well at the Scottish Open, so I feel in good shape and looking forward to the challenge, ”explained Rahm in his appearance before the press, aware that now his name emerges immediately among the candidates to victory, although that says it does not derail it.

Seve, as a guide

It would be quite incredible to win the Open. In Spain no one has won it since Seve (He did it in 1979, 1984 and 1988) and winning would be something unique ”, admits the Barrika player, winner this year precisely of the Ballesteros trophy for the best player on the European circuit, an award he received shortly before the US Open.

“Now the next thing is to see if you win two big ones in a row. In the end it is good, it would be nice to write the story of someone who has won two Open in a row. I am quite ambitious and I do have it in mind. The only good thing about having won a big is that expectations change a bit”, Said Rahm about the possibility of repeating the feat of the American Tiger Woods, the last one who chained the US Open and the British in the same year: in 2000.

Rahm will lead the Spanish army that will compete in Sandwich with the presence of Sergio García, champion of the 2017 Masters, twice second in the Open (in Carnoustie in 2007 and Hoylake in 2014), Gonzalo Fernández Castaño, Rafa Cabrera Bello (fourth in the 2017 at Royal Birkdale) and Jorge Campillo.


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