Jon Rahm’s quest for three straight wins fell short in his last start a couple weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open, but that doesn’t take away from the extraordinary golf he’s played in 2023.
He and Rory McIlroy are both making great cases to be world No. 1. Rahm began the year with a two-shot comeback win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
After a week off, the Spaniard was at it again, this time hanging on to win by one at The American Express.
Did I mention he also won his penultimate event of 2022 at the DP World Tour Championship.
Even though he trailed 54-hole leader Sam Ryder by two, many pegged Rahm as the favorite to win going into Sunday at Torrey Pines.
Perhaps running out of gas, Rahm was unable to keep the momentum rolling and settled for T-7th.
It was a disappointing finish, but it was still good for his eighth straight top-10 and 10th in his last 11 starts.
Now, Rahm is in familiar climes in Arizona. Not only is he a Scottsdale resident, but he cut his teeth in the college ranks at Arizona State. He’ll have the fans on his side this week at the WM Phoenix Open, which is a good thing considering how they’re willing to turn on anyone on a whim.
Rahm has yet to win this event, but he’s still given fans plenty to cheer about. He’s made the cut in all seven appearances at TPC Scottsdale since 2015 and has never finished worse than T-16th. T-5th (70-68-66-68) in his debut as an amateur in 2015 remains his high finish.
Last year resulted in T-10th (67-70-68-67). Rahm wasn’t in contention to win, but he soared 10 spots up the leaderboard on Sunday and was just four off the pace. He led the field in strokes gained off the tee (7.943) and did not make a double bogey or worse all week.
"“Well, first of all, it’s a home event. Get to sleep in my own bed, so it’s nice,” Rahm was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2021. “The traveling is not too much, especially coming from San Diego. A lot of good memories. Obviously my first cut made on the PGA TOUR was here. Had a great finish as an amateur, and the whole Sun Devil vibe and just the familiarity with everything, I love the event, love the fans.”"