Jon Rahm will play in the Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters at Real Club Valderrama starting this Thursday. It will be his first time ‘at home’ since he won the Open de España held at the National Golf Center in Madrid, and thus it’s safe to say, the pre-tournament vibes should be positive.
That being said, Jon’s last memory at Valderrama isn’t exactly a good one. He made his professional debut there in 2017, and the results weren’t exactly as expected, as he missed the cut. Naturally, he was left wanting revenge. He learned from that experience, and has assured he is prepared for battle this second time around.
“I know perfectly well what happened to me two years ago. I really wanted to do well, maybe too well, and I was really tired going into it because I had been playing for many weeks and, on top of that, I was coming off the PGA Tour, from different style courses, and I hit drives here on almost every hole, and that’s not the way to do it. Here, it’s more common to hit four drives, at the most six…”he explained yesterday at the press release prior to the tournament.
Rham is in great condition going into Valderrama. He just got third place in the US Open, his best results to date in a Major. “It’s good to be coming from Pebble Beach because it’s a similar game there, not so much drive off the tee, and all about hitting the fairway”, he explained.
Jon will play in the afternoon on Thursday and on Friday morning. The golfer from Barrika will play alongside Jorge Campillo and Guido Migliozzi, the only golfer apart from Dustin Johnson who has won twice this year in the European Tour.