This is the first major championship ever held at Los Angeles Country Club. Jon Rahm is among a host of players in this week’s field who’ve teed it up here in competition before.
Rahm posted 75-67-68-75 to take 10th place at the 2013 Pac-12 Championship.
He’s also no stranger to winning golf tournaments in L.A. One of four tournaments he’s won in 2023 was at the Genesis Invitational six miles down the road at Riviera Country Club.
Rahm is on pace for PGA Tour Player of the Year honors. His Masters win was the highlight of a remarkable season. The Spaniard’s posted seven top-10s and hasn’t missed a stroke play cut in the 2022-23 season.
The two-time major champion has a sterling resume at the majors. His debut came at the 2016 U.S. Open when he earned low amateur honors in a tie for 23rd. Rahm made 10 of his first 14 major cuts in the 2010s with four top-10s. Since 2020, he’s 13-for-13 with six top-10s and a 2021 U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines.
Unlike Scottie Scheffler and his abysmal putting of late, Rahm has no true weakness. His worst strokes gained category is around-the-green where he ranks 68th on the PGA Tour (.134 per round).
Rahm is top-20 elsewhere, including in SG total where he’s second (2.338), and SG tee-to-green where he’s third (1.847).
He’s got all the skills needed to win the U.S. Open: Power both off the tee and for hacking out of rough, a short game capable of pulling off tricky recovery shots, and a usually trusty putter.