One fine day back in 2017, Rahm went to practice at the Riviera Country Club, and it was love at first sight. The golfer from Barrika immediately connected with one of the most classic and legendary courses of the PGA Tour.
A course straight out of the movies, both literally and figuratively. Hollywood stars have passed through its fairways, both on and off the camera, and it’s always been a top-notch sporting event.
The Genesis Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods, is one of the tournaments Jon Rahm aspires to conquer one day. They are victories that build character. Not without reason, the Riviera has denied the win to two of golf’s biggest stars; nor Jack Nicklaus, nor Tiger Woods have ever been able to take home the victory here.
Rahm will go into the Genesis after a very promising start to 2021. He started out with a seventh place in the Sentry Tournament, followed by another seventh in the Farmers Insurance Open, and he finished in thirteenth place in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Good vibes and a magnificent sequence of events before traveling to Los Angeles.
Jon continues to adapt to the new equipment, and this week, he’ll have another opportunity to show it. He has been able to maintain the same consistency in his long game from before, but it’s true that his short game is still missing a certain finesse, and a little more accuracy.
The better part of the best players in the world will be at the Genesis. Practically all of them. A great precursor to the World Championship this year.