Jon Rahm will play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week, PGA Tour tournament held at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
In other words, he’ll be playing at home, not like in Spain, but almost. That’s where he lives the majority of the year, where he trains and where he became who he is now as a golfer with Tim Mickelson as coach at Arizona State University.
This tournament is special for Rahm. And not only for the reasons mentioned above, but also because it was there where he sent the message to the scouts of the golf world, when he was an amateur and played by invitation in 2015. Jon ended up in fifth place and made one message loud and clear: “be on the lookout for me, I’ll be there soon.”
And soon it was, indeed. Just three years later he’s become Number 2 in the world, and has already had the opportunity to move up to Number 1. It will be a good week to calm the nerves after the roller coaster ride in the Farmers Insurance Open. In Phoenix, it’s time to enjoy with a rowdy and dedicated fan base. As a good Sun Devil, Jon is one of the idols there.
Furthermore, he’ll be playing in the first two rounds with Phil Mickelson, which means attention and support are guaranteed. The two golfers with the best records in the history of Arizona State, hand in hand. It’s a great week to grab some popcorn, relax and enjoy the show. There will be time for more nerve-racking tournaments in the near future.
That being said, we’ll see how it plays out. One thing is theory and another is when it’s put into practice. If all goes as planned and Rahm creates the opportunity for the win on Sunday, there will be pressure for sure, the type of pressure Jon likes the most, what motivates and inspires him. That’s the goal.