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Jon Rahm
Rahm in 2019
Personal information
Full name Jon Rahm Rodríguez
Nickname Rahmbo
Born 10 November 1994 (1994-11-10) (age 26)
Barrika, Basque Country, Spain
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 16 st)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Spouse
Kelley Cahill (m. 2019)
Children 1
Career
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 2016
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
European Tour 7
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters Tournament 4th: 2018
U.S. Open Won: 2021
The Open Championship T3: 2021
PGA Championship T4: 2018
Achievements and awards
Ben Hogan Award 2015, 2016
Mark H. McCormack Medal 2015
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
2017
Race to Dubai Champion 2019
European Tour
Golfer of the Year
2019

Jon Rahm Rodríguez (born 10 November 1994) is a Spanish professional golfer. He was the number one golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a record 60 weeks and later became world number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, first achieving that rank after winning the Memorial Tournament in July 2020. In June 2021, Rahm became the first Spanish golfer to win the U.S. Open.

Early life and amateur career

Rahm was born on 10 November 1994 in Barrika, Basque Country, Spain. He attended Arizona State University on a golf scholarship, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. There he won 11 college golf tournaments, which is second in school history, behind only Phil Mickelson's 16 collegiate wins.

Rahm won the Ben Hogan Award in 2015 and 2016, the first player to win it twice. He was also the leading individual at the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy. He competed in the 2015 Phoenix Open as an amateur during his junior year, finishing tied for fifth place, three shots behind the winner. On 1 April 2015, Rahm became the 28th player to be the No. 1-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. His first stint was for 25 consecutive weeks, after which he surrendered it, regained it, and held it for an additional 35 weeks. His total of 60 weeks spent atop the ranking is the all-time record. While ranked No. 1 in the world, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Amateur before losing to Derek Bard.

He won the Mark H. McCormack Medal in 2015 as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, which qualified him for the following year's U.S. Open and Open Championship. He closed out his collegiate career by winning the Pac-12 Conference championship and an NCAA regional championship before finishing tied for third in the national championship. He was the low amateur at the 2016 U.S. Open, finishing his final tournament as an amateur in a tie for 23rd place at 7-over-par.

Professional career

2016

After the U.S. Open, Rahm turned professional, which meant that he forfeited his exemption into the 2016 Open Championship. The next week Rahm played in his first event as a pro at the Quicken Loans National. He held or shared the lead for the first two rounds and finished tied for third place, four strokes behind the winner, Billy Hurley III. The finish was enough for Rahm to regain entry into The Open, as the Quicken Loans National was part of the Open Qualifying Series. Rahm finished tied runner-up in the RBC Canadian Open, securing Special Temporary Member status for the remainder of the season. He gained enough points as a non-member to earn a PGA Tour card for 2017.

2017

In late January 2017, Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open with a 60-foot eagle putt on the final hole to notch his maiden PGA Tour title. He jumped from 137th to 46th in the Official World Golf Ranking with the win, and also gained entry into the Masters Tournament, The Players Championship, the PGA Championship, and World Golf Championships events. On 2 March, Rahm played in his first World Golf Championships event at the WGC-Mexico Championship where he shot rounds of 67-70-67-68 (−12) to finish T3, two strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson.

In his second WGC event, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Rahm was runner-up to Dustin Johnson in the championship match. Rahm debuted as the No. 21-seed in the field of 64 and went 3−0 in round-robin play, defeating Kevin Chappell 3 & 2, Shane Lowry 2 & 1, and countryman Sergio García 6 & 4. He continued his domination in the round of 16 with a second consecutive 6 & 4 win over Charles Howell III, and then bested that mark when he eliminated Søren Kjeldsen 7 & 5 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he defeated Bill Haas 3 & 2, which set up his rematch with Johnson, who was attempting to win his third straight tournament. In the final, Rahm was 5-down after just 8 holes, but won holes 9, 10, 13, 15, and 16 to get to only 1-down going into the 18th. Both players made par on the final hole of the match and Rahm finished runner-up in his WGC-Match Play debut, which allowed him to ascend to a new career-high world ranking of 14th.

Rahm finished tied for 27th place in his first Masters and then finished 4th in the Wells Fargo Championship and joint runner-up in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, results which lifted him into the top-10 of the World Rankings. Making his debut in a European Tour event, he finished tied for 10th in the Open de France and, the following week, he earned his first European Tour victory by winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open by six strokes.

Rahm finished the regular season in sixth place in the FedEx Cup rankings. He had top-10 finishes in all four of the FedEx Cup Playoff events and finished fifth in the final standings.

Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the final event of the 2017 European Tour season. He was awarded the European Tour Rookie of the Year for finishing as the highest-ranked rookie in the Race to Dubai. However, some of his fellow European Tour pros such as Richard Bland suggested that the award should have gone to a more committed member of the tour. Outside the majors and WGCs, Rahm had played just four regular season European Tour events.

2018

Rahm started 2018 by finishing runner-up eight strokes behind Dustin Johnson at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Later in the month, Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge after a sudden death playoff with Andrew Landry, for his second career PGA Tour victory. After matching scores on the first three extra holes, Rahm prevailed with a birdie on the fourth extra hole. The win lifted Rahm to a then career high 2nd in the world rankings. This made it four wins in just 38 professional starts for Rahm – a ratio bettered only by Tiger Woods in the past 30 years.

In his short professional career, Rahm has become renowned for his fiery on-course temper, which came to the fore during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he slammed his club into the ground.

In April 2018, Rahm won the Open de España on the European Tour.

In September 2018, Rahm qualified for the European team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. The European team won the Ryder Cup, defeating the U.S. 17.5 to 10.5 at Le Golf National outside of Paris, France.

On 2 December 2018, Rahm won the limited-field Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas.

2019

On 28 April 2019, Rahm won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour with partner Ryan Palmer.

On 16 June 2019, Rahm finished tied for 3rd at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California.

On 7 July 2019, Rahm won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club. Rahm trailed 54-hole leader Robert Rock by five shots heading into the final 18 holes of the tournament. Beginning the round at eight-under overall, Rahm registered four birdies on the front nine to make the turn at 11-under overall and three-under 31 for the day. The 2017 Irish Open champion then shot five-under 31 on the back nine, including four birdies and an eagle, to close out the two-stroke victory.

On 6 October 2019, Rahm won his second consecutive Open de España at Club de Campo in Madrid. Rahm entered the final round with a five-shot lead and maintained that advantage with a final round 66, 5-under, to finish on 22 under 262.

On 24 November 2019, Rahm won the season-long Race to Dubai title on the European Tour with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. He also won the European Tour Golfer of the Year award.

2020

On 19 July 2020, Rahm won the Memorial Tournament, lifting him to number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was the second Spaniard after Seve Ballesteros to be number one in the world. His reign as the number one golfer lasted two weeks, until Justin Thomas overtook him with victory in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

On 30 August 2020, Rahm won the BMW Championship, the second tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Rahm shot a 64 in the final round and defeated Dustin Johnson in a playoff by making a 66-foot putt on the first playoff hole.

2021

On 4 January 2021, it was announced that Rahm had signed a multi-year agreement with Callaway Golf Company, ending his association with TaylorMade that began when he turned professional. The deal included all equipment and clothing.

In June, Rahm was forced to withdraw as the defending champion from the Memorial Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test. At the time of the withdrawal, he had completed the third round with a six-stroke lead. On 20 June at Torrey Pines, Rahm finished with two birdies on the final two holes to win his first major tournament at the U.S. Open. He dedicated his win to the late Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros.

Personal life

Rahm's surname originates from a Swiss ancestor who moved to Spain in the 1780s; his father is Basque, while his mother is from Madrid.

Rahm is a keen supporter of the Basque football team Athletic Club Bilbao, and was honoured as the club's special guest at a game in December 2019.

Rahm lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his American wife, Kelley, and their son, born in 2021.

His nickname is Rahmbo.

Amateur wins

  • 2010 Spanish Junior/Boys Championship
  • 2011 Copa Baleares, Campeonato de Madrid Absoluto
  • 2012 Campeonato de España Junior Y Boys, Campeonato Absoluto País Vasco, Bill Cullum Invitational
  • 2014 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Campeonato de España Absoluto, Bill Cullum Invitational, Eisenhower Trophy (individual leader)
  • 2015 Duck Invitational, ASU Thunderbird Invitational, NCAA San Diego Regional, Campeonato de España Absoluto, Tavistock Collegiate Invitational
  • 2016 ASU Thunderbird Invitational, Pac-12 Championships, NCAA Albuquerque Regional

Sources:

Professional wins (13)

PGA Tour wins (6)

Legend
Major championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 29 Jan 2017 Farmers Insurance Open 72-69-69-65=275 −13 3 strokes United States Charles Howell III, Republic of China Pan Cheng-tsung
2 21 Jan 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge 62-67-70-67=266 −22 Playoff United States Andrew Landry
3 28 Apr 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
(with United States Ryan Palmer)
64-65-64-69=262 −26 3 strokes England Tommy Fleetwood and Spain Sergio García
4 19 Jul 2020 Memorial Tournament 69-67-68-75=279 −9 3 strokes United States Ryan Palmer
5 30 Aug 2020 BMW Championship 75-71-66-64=276 −4 Playoff United States Dustin Johnson
6 20 Jun 2021 U.S. Open 69-70-72-67=278 −6 1 stroke South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge United States Andrew Landry Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
2 2020 BMW Championship United States Dustin Johnson Won with birdie on first extra hole

European Tour wins (7)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Tour Championships (2)
Rolex Series (4)
Other European Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 9 Jul 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 65-67-67-65=264 −24 6 strokes Scotland Richie Ramsay, England Matthew Southgate
2 19 Nov 2017 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai 69-68-65-67=269 −19 1 stroke Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry
3 15 Apr 2018 Open de España 67-68-66-67=268 −20 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Paul Dunne
4 7 Jul 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (2) 67-71-64-62=264 −16 2 strokes England Andy Sullivan, Austria Bernd Wiesberger
5 6 Oct 2019 Mutuactivos Open de España (2) 66-67-63-66=262 −22 5 strokes Spain Rafa Cabrera-Bello
6 24 Nov 2019 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (2) 66-69-66-68=269 −19 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
7 20 Jun 2021 U.S. Open 69-70-72-67=278 −6 1 stroke South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
  • The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is also a Rolex Series tournament.

Other wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 2 Dec 2018 Hero World Challenge 71-63-69-65=268 −20 4 strokes United States Tony Finau

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2021 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit −6 (69-70-72-67=278) 1 stroke South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T27 4
U.S. Open T23LA CUT CUT
The Open Championship T59 T44 CUT
PGA Championship T58 T4
Tournament 2019 2020 2021
Masters Tournament T9 T7 T5
PGA Championship CUT T13 T8
U.S. Open T3 T23 1
The Open Championship T11 NT T3

     Win      Top 10      Did not play LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 2 4 4 5 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 5 4
U.S. Open 1 0 1 2 2 4 6 4
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 1 2 5 4
Totals 1 0 2 6 9 13 21 17
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2019 U.S. Open – 2021 Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2020 Masters – 2021 Open, current)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
The Players Championship T72 T63 T12 C T9

     Top 10 "T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Championship T3 T20 T45 T3 T32
Match Play 2 T52 T24 NT1 QF
Invitational T28 T17 7 T52
Champions T36 T22 NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
     Top 10      Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

PGA Tour career summary

Season Starts Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
2015 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 T5 n/a n/a
2016 9 8 0 1 1 3 6 T2 1,004,035 106
2017 23 21 1 2 2 11 14 1 6,123,248 5
2018 20 16 1 1 0 5 10 1 3,992,678 19
2019 20 18 1 0 2 12 17 1 4,990,110 9
2020 15 14 2 1 1 8 10 1 5,959,819 2
Career* 90 79 5 5 6 40 58 1 22,069,889 68

Rahm was an amateur through the 2016 U.S. Open.

* As of the 2020 season

European Tour career summary

Season Starts Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
finish
Earnings
()
Money
list rank
2016 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 T23 18,513 n/a^
2017 13 11 2 1 1 5 6 1 4,553,988 3
2018 12 10 1 0 0 6 9 1 2,208,084 11
2019 13 11 3 2 1 8 9 1 6,200,539 1
2020 5 5 0 0 1 2 4 3 1,140,236 22
Career* 45 39 6 3 3 21 29 1 €13,591,839 34

Note that there is double counting of starts, wins, finishes and money for majors and WGC tournaments between the PGA Tour and European Tour stats.
^ Rahm was an amateur through the 2016 U.S. Open.
* As of the 2020 season

Team appearances

Amateur

  • European Boys' Team Championship (representing Spain): 2011 (winners), 2012
  • Jacques Léglise Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2011
  • Bonallack Trophy (representing Europe): 2012 (winners)
  • European Amateur Team Championship (representing Spain): 2013, 2014 (winners), 2015
  • Palmer Cup (representing Europe): 2014 (winners), 2015
  • Eisenhower Trophy (representing Spain): 2014 (individual leader)

Professional

  • World Cup (representing Spain): 2016
  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2018 (winners)

Ryder Cup points record

2018 Total
1 1
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