Jon Rahm will play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, starting this Thursday. It will be his debut in the token tournament of the European Tour, Europe’s version of THE PLAYERS Championship on the other side of the Atlantic.
The golfer from Barrika has been looking forward to this event for a long time. The change in date was key in order to make his dream a reality. In May, with so many commitments in the US, it would have been impossible to fit it into his busy schedule, but now in September, there is much more room to work with.
The week is full of all different kinds of incentives. It’s the most important tournament of the European Tour, the European Tour Major. That would be enough in and of itself, but there’s much, much more. It is also part of the Rolex Series, the lucrative and prestigious tournaments where Rahm is the true and indisputable king. He’s the only one who has won three of them (two in Ireland and the Dubai Final). Rolex couldn’t have found a better ambassador.
Another incentive is the Ryder Cup. The race to qualify for the next edition starts precisely this week, which will be held at Whistling Straits in 2020. And it goes without saying that Jon’s got his sights set on the Ryder, and he’s confident that he take a big step forward in the last stretch of this season, when he’ll be playing more in Europe.
And as if that weren’t enough of a reason already, there’s also the incentive of playing at Wentworth this week, one of Seve Ballesteros’ favorite courses, Jon’s idol. “I didn’t get to see him play live because I wasn’t born yet, but I’ve seen a lot of videos online, and I know the incredible history he’s got here. It would be an honor to have my name added to the distinguished winner’s list of this tournament.”