We can all agree, the Fort Worth Invitational is not a major, nor a world championship or a FedEx Cup playoff, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a very special event for Jon Rahm.
It will be held at the Colonial Country Club in Texas, a place that has accompanied Jon throughout his entire career and where he made a big impact in his amateur years. And it’s precisely there, just before this PGA Tour tournament, where the Ben Hogan Award winner will be announced, one of the highest honors an amateur golfer can receive. Jon is the only golfer in history who has won on two separate occasions, to this day.
Those same good vibes kept flowing after he went pro. Last year was the first time he played in the tournament, when it was called Dean and Deluca, and the golfer from Barrika finished in second place, just one three-meter putt away on the 18th hole from going into a playoff against Kevin Kisner. And the very next Monday, he made the top ten in the world for the first time in his career, exactly one year ago.
Thus, it’s apparent that this is not just any other week for Rahm, it’s one in which he has the intense desire to win. And on top of everything, he likes the course. It’s important to hit the ball well off the tee, to place the ball well, hit solid shots, and to be in the right position, one of the distinguishing features of Jon’s game.
Rahm will play on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon in one of the big games of the day, with Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau, a golfer with whom he coincided frequently as an amateur.