There aren’t many weeks in the year where Jon Rahm is motivated by so many incentives than in the WGC Mexico Championship. The golfer from Barrika has a really big, two-fold opportunity: he could be the first Spaniard to win a World Championship and, in doing so, if he pulls it off, he could move up to Number One in the world for the first time in his career.
They both go hand and hand. Jon won’t settle for anything less than to fight for the win to dethrone Rory McIIroy. Additionally, at the same time, he needs the Northern Irish golfer to finish tied for fifth place with two other players, or below. In other words, the goal is pretty difficult, but that’s what lights Jon’s fire.
Rahm has is it very clear what his strategy will be for this week, after two years in a row where things haven’t gone so well at the Club de Golf Chapultepec, the Mexican Championship headquarters. “I have to play like I did in 2017, when I came in third. I have to be aggressive and, most of all, maintain that same high, consistent trajectory with the ball”, he affirms.
Jon knows which golfers have traditionally done well at Chapultepec in the past, those who hit the ball long and high, who are aggressive, which was the case with Dustin Johnson, two-time champion of this tournament, whom had previously been asked for advice this past year by Rory McIIroy and Phil Mickelson.
Jon has already paved the way to success in the tournament by having a clear-cut strategy, seeing as how his game is in great shape. It’s true that he hasn’t been as accurate these past two weeks, but he was still able to adjust in order to get good results, fighting every Sunday to win the tournament. This week, however, he assures that he feels better with his swing, and he’s confident he’ll be able to come out strong all four days of the tournament.
The WGC Mexico brings together 42 of the 50 best golfers in the world. Jon will go in second in the lineup, after McIIroy, seeing as how Brooks Koepka, Number Two in the world, will not be playing in Mexico.