The PGA’s West Coast Swing is here and Jon Rahm looks to continue his amazing run.
Rahm tees off at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course with two straight wins. He’s not shy about going for No. 3, which has been accomplished just twice in the last decade.
“I mean, it is on my mind obviously,’’ said Rahm, who won Sunday’s American Express on the heels of claiming the Sentry Tournament of Champions. “I’ve been reminded of it many, many times.’’
He lands at the track overlooking La Jolla Cove with his swing intact and his confidence sky high. Why not, considering he not only won his first PGA Tour event here in 2017, but the U.S. Open in 2021.
Add the fact that he proposed to his future wife, Kelley, on the Torrey Pines cliffs and that they were married at a nearby resort, this chunk of North San Diego County coastline has a prominent place in his heart.
“Even more knowing where we’re coming, right, a place where I’ve played so good at,’’ Rahm, 28, said. “I still need to go out there and shoot a very low score to win. So my mind is on day-to-day, moment-to-moment.
“If Sunday afternoon I get to — sorry, Saturday afternoon I get to enjoy a walk down 18 and win, I’ll tell you how it feels and how much it was on my mind, but as of right now I’ve got to focus on the process and what I need to do.’’
What he’s already done is impressive in winning consecutive tournaments for the first time in his celebrated career that shows nine PGA Tour titles and eight other international triumphs.
Rahm, ranked No. 3 in the world, has won four of his last six worldwide events.
“The hardest part I think is getting there obviously, but when you’re in those zones and in those rhythms, golf just comes so easy,’’ said Justin Thomas, who’s playing with Rahm over the first two days,
In the last eight PGA seasons, only 16 players have won back-to-back tournaments. Rahm, the odds-on favorite at the FIO, has done it for the first time.
Tiger Woods is the champion of streaks in the modern era as he won seven straight; Byron Nelson took 11 in-a-row in 1945.
That’s a long way from where Rahm sits, but he’s standing on a layout that fits his game.
Since 2004, only two golfers have claimed three consecutive wins: Rory McIlroy (2014) and Dustin Johnson (2017). The long-hitting Rahm isn’t shy about trying to join them.
“Well, if you consistently can drive it in the fairway on this golf course and far enough, you’re obviously going to be able to be more aggressive than most people,’’ said Rahm, who is closing in on $40 million in career earnings.
“I think the main thing is predominantly for pretty much almost every hole, the proper miss is to the right, so that’s why Tiger has such success here. Sometimes if you miss the fairway by five yards or 100 to the right, it doesn’t matter, just miss it right.’’
Little has gone wrong for Rahm of late. Considering his game, and the course, that likely won’t change this week.