Many strange weeks later after testing positive for coronavirus, which kept him from successfully defending his title in the Memorial Tournament, John Rahm is back to play in the third major of the year on one of his favorite courses, and which best adapts to his playing style.
It was precisely at Torrey Pines (South Course) where Jon took home his first victory in the PGA Tour after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017. He’s back on that same course this week, only this time, he’s competing to win a challenge with much more at stake, in a league of its own, for a US Open, which he’ll go into as one of the favorites for the majority of the golf experts.
Despite not having been able to prepare for the big day as he would have liked due to the time he spent quarantining after testing positive for coronavirus, Jon Rahm assures that he is in excellent shape for the challenge. His game from tee to green is optimal, and he is growing much more accustomed to the new putt, with the positive sensation that he’s “getting more and more comfortable every time, and feels more secure”, in Jon’s own words in the press release previous to the start of the tournament.
It’s the sixth US Open that Rahm has played since the first time in 2016 as an amateur, and the twentieth major of his career. His best final score in this tournament was in 2019 when he finished with a valiant third place at Pebble Beach, just six shots away from American golfer, Gary Woodland.
This time, Rahm will go into the tournament in superb shape, with more experience, and back to the place where it all started in 2017. Even more reason to be optimistic, and to think big, along the lines of the first Spanish win in the US Open, at the hands of Jon.