2022 CJ Cup: Top 10 Power Rankings at Congaree

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Jon Rahm is a couple weeks removed from his second win of 2022. He did what an elite player is supposed to do against a weak field – win handily.

Rahm posted 64-68-65-62 to storm to a six-shot victory at the Acciona Open de Espana presented by Madrid. Only six golfers were within 10 shots.

It was his third win at his national open, tying Seve Ballesteros for most wins at this event. Club de Campo Villa de Madrid was also where Ballesteros won his 50th and final European Tour victory.

“You know, Seve is a great hero of mine and to do something he took his whole career to do in just a few years is quite humbling, I’m not going to lie,” Rahm was quoted in a Yahoo Sports article. “It might not be the strongest field I play all year but sometimes this could be the hardest to win, right? When I’m at home, I’m supposed to win, everybody is betting on me to win and to come out and play a Sunday like I just did it’s hard to describe. It was my lowest round, my lowest score out here, it was pretty much a perfect week.”

It was akin to his win earlier in the year at the Mexico Open at Vidanta where he edged Tony Finau, Kurt Kitayama, and Brandon Wu by a shot at an event devoid of much star power after him and Finau.

Rahm hasn’t had the highs this year like he did in 2021 with his first and only major title at the U.S. Open, but he’s still played consistently good golf. The 27-year-old out of Arizona State is up to 10 top-10s in 2022 with no missed cuts.

Rahm’s on a streak of 16-straight made cuts, if you count the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. His last trunk slam was in October 2021.

That’s not something he has to worry about this week, but it goes to show that he’s got one of the highest floors of anyone. Daily fantasy players like that type of consistency.

Rahm ranked seventh on the PGA Tour last season in strokes gained per round (1.656). He led in SG off the tee (1.025) and was fifth in driving distance (318.9). His superlatives continue in that he was third in greens in regulation (71.59%).

Rahm’s stats playing out of the rough weren’t great last season. Perhaps he’ll take a liking to all the short grass at Congaree in his first visit to the property.

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