So far this season, Jon Rahm has outplayed any reasonable expectation we would put on most PGA TOUR “rookies”. He’s made 18 cuts in 20 starts, with eight top-ten finishes and a win at the Farmers Insurance Open. He took his licks in the majors – a tie for 27th at the Masters was his best finish – but part of that is simply learning to navigate those events. Rahm’s bombastic play style is part of what makes him so entertaining, but it can also lead to some pretty impressive flame-outs along the way.
Perhaps taking some of those lessons learned in the majors, Rahm opened his first FedEx Cup Playoffs in impressive fashion, finishing tied for third place. He actually hung in with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson as long as he could, but the lead those two had opened early was just too much to overcome.
Rahm now heads to TPC Boston, and just like basically every other course on TOUR, he’ll learn as he goes. His game loosely resembles that of Johnson, with immense power off the tee balanced by an above-average wedge and short iron game. Ranked 11th in adjusted scoring and eighth in birdie average, Rahm will have every chance to keep up in an event that has earned a reputation as something of a shootout.
There’s a level of unpredictability to Rahm that makes him tough to rank, but I definitely see him as a top contender, and one who fans and bettors alike should watch from the start.