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Jon Rahm
Rahm in 2019
Personal information
Full name Jon Rahm Rodríguez
Nickname Rahmbo
Born (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 29)
Barrika, Biscay, 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.
Kelley Cahill
(m. 2019)
Children 2
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 2016
Current tour(s) European Tour
LIV Golf
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 20
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
European Tour 10
Other 1
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
The Masters Tournament Won: 2023
U.S. Open Won: 2021
The Open Championship T2: 2023
PGA Championship T4: 2018
Achievements and awards
Ben Hogan Award 2015, 2016
Mark H. McCormack Medal 2015
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
European Tour
Race to Dubai winner
European Tour
Golfer of the Year
2019, 2021
European Tour
Players' Player of the Year
PGA Tour
money list winner
PGA Player of the Year 2021
Byron Nelson Award 2020–21
Vardon Trophy 2021

Jon Rahm Rodríguez (born 10 November 1994) is a Spanish professional golfer from the Basque Country. He was number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a then record 60 weeks and later became world number one 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. In 2023, he won the Masters Tournament, his second major championship. On 7 December 2023, Rahm announced that he is joining LIV Golf.

Early life and amateur career

Rahm was born on 10 November 1994 in Barrika, a town in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, (Spain). As an amateur he represented Spain at various levels and was part of the Spanish teams that won the 2011 European Boys' Team Championship and the 2014 European Amateur Team Championship. At the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy he was the individual leader.

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. He is trilingual, speaking Basque, Spanish, and English.

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


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.


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.


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.


Jon Rahm 2019 U.S. Open
Rahm putting at the 2019 U.S. Open, where he finished tied for third.

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.


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: First major victory

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.

In July, after a tie for third finish at the Open Championship, Rahm prepared to travel to Tokyo to prepare for the competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics. While taking his third and final COVID-19 test before departing, Rahm again tested positive, forcing him to withdraw from the event. Jorge Campillo replaced Rahm in the field.

In August, Rahm shot rounds of 63-67-67 to share a tie for the lead alongside Cameron Smith at The Northern Trust. A final round of 70 saw him finish in solo-third and two shots shy of a playoff.

For his performance on the 2020–21 PGA Tour, Rahm won the PGA Player of the Year award presented by the PGA of America, as well as the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award for lowest scoring average.

In September 2021, Rahm played on the European team in the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. The U.S. team won 19–9 and Rahm went 3–1–1 including a loss in his Sunday singles match against Scottie Scheffler.


Rahm started off 2022 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii. He shot 33 under par for four rounds including a 61 in the third round. This did break the original PGA Tour to par scoring record at 31 under par, however it was not good enough to win the tournament as Cameron Smith finished on 34 under par to take the title and eclipse the scoring record. Three weeks later at the Farmers Insurance Open, Rahm finished one shot out of the playoff between Luke List and Will Zalatoris, ultimately settling for a tied-third finish.

On 1 May, Rahm won the Mexico Open for his seventh career PGA Tour victory. In September, he shot a final-round 62, to finish tied-second at the BMW PGA Championship, one shot behind Shane Lowry. In October, Rahm won the Acciona Open de España, shooting a final-round 62 to win by six shots ahead of Matthieu Pavon. It was his third Open de España title, matching Seve Ballesteros. In November, Rahm won the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship. He won by two shots ahead of Tyrrell Hatton and Alex Norén. It was his ninth European Tour win and fifth Rolex Series win.

2023: Masters victory

Rahm began 2023 by shooting a final-round 63 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to win by two shots ahead of Collin Morikawa. He made up a six shot deficit going into the final round. Two weeks later, he won The American Express, shooting 27-under-par for four rounds to beat Davis Thompson by one shot. The following week, Rahm was in contention to win the Farmers Insurance Open. He was two shots behind leader Sam Ryder going into the final round. However, a final round 74 saw him finish in a tie for seventh place. Two weeks later in his next appearance, Rahm finished third at the WM Phoenix Open. The week after, Rahm won the Genesis Invitational to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking. It was Rahm's fifth worldwide win in nine starts.

On 9 April, Rahm won the Masters Tournament and his second major title by four strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson. After the third round was delayed due to weather, Rahm had to play 30 holes on Sunday in which he started four strokes back of Koepka. Rahm became the fourth golfer from Spain to win the Masters Tournament and the first golfer from Europe to win the Masters and U.S. Open. Rahm became only the fourth player to overcome a multi-shot deficit after 54 holes and win both the Masters and the U.S. Open. Rahm reclaimed the number one ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking with his victory.

At the Open Championship in July, Rahm shot the 40th 63 in major history, and the first at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

In September, Rahm played on the European team in the Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy. The European team won 16.5–11.5, with Rahm going 2–0–2, including a tie in his Sunday singles match against Scottie Scheffler.

Joining LIV Golf

In February 2022, amid discussion of a formation of a Saudi-backed professional golf league, Rahm said, "I wanted to take this time to say that this is my official, my one and only time to talk about this, where I am officially declaring my fealty to the PGA Tour". In June, after the creation of LIV Golf, Rahm said, "To be honest, part of the (LIV) format is not really appealing to me. Shotgun three days to me is not a golf tournament, no cut. It's that simple". Rahm also said that $400 million would not change his life and that he played for history and legacy. In August 2023, Rahm said while on the Spanish-language Golf Sin Etiquetas podcast, "I laugh when people rumor me with LIV Golf. I never liked the format.

On 7 December 2023, Rahm announced on that he had joined LIV Golf. His decision to join drew accusations of hypocrisy given his past statements. The PGA Tour subsequently suspended Rahm.

Personal life

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

Rahm is a keen supporter of the Biscayan 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 sons, born in 2021 and 2022.

Amateur wins

  • 2010 Spanish Junior Championship, Spanish Boys 18 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


Professional wins (20)

PGA Tour wins (11)

Major championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour (8)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 29 Jan 2017 Farmers Insurance Open 72-69-69-65=275 −13 3 strokes United States Charles Howell III, Taiwan 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
7 1 May 2022 Mexico Open 64-66-68-69=267 −17 1 stroke United States Tony Finau, United States Kurt Kitayama,
United States Brandon Wu
8 8 Jan 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions 64-71-67-63=265 −27 2 strokes United States Collin Morikawa
9 22 Jan 2023 The American Express (2) 64-64-65-68=261 −27 1 stroke United States Davis Thompson
10 19 Feb 2023 Genesis Invitational 65-68-65-69=267 −17 2 strokes United States Max Homa
11 9 Apr 2023 Masters Tournament 65-69-73-69=276 −12 4 strokes United States Brooks Koepka, United States Phil Mickelson

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 (10)

Major championships (2)
Tour Championships (3)
Rolex Series (5)
Other European Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
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
8 9 Oct 2022 Acciona Open de España (3) 64-68-65-62=259 −25 6 strokes France Matthieu Pavon
9 20 Nov 2022 DP World Tour Championship (3) 70-66-65-67=268 −20 2 strokes England Tyrrell Hatton, Sweden Alex Norén
10 9 Apr 2023 Masters Tournament 65-69-73-69=276 −12 4 strokes United States Brooks Koepka, United States Phil Mickelson
  • The DP World Tour Championship is also a Rolex Series tournament.

Other wins (1)

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

Major championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2021 U.S. Open 3 shot deficit −6 (69-70-72-67=278) 1 stroke South Africa Louis Oosthuizen
2023 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit −12 (65-69-73-69=276) 4 strokes United States Brooks Koepka, United States Phil Mickelson

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T27 4
The Open Championship T59 T44 CUT
PGA Championship T58 T4
Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Masters Tournament T9 T7 T5 T27 1
PGA Championship CUT T13 T8 T48 T50
U.S. Open T3 T23 1 T12 T10
The Open Championship T11 NT T3 T34 T2

     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


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 0 0 3 5 5 7 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 7 6
U.S. Open 1 0 1 2 3 6 8 6
The Open Championship 0 1 1 2 2 3 7 6
Totals 2 1 2 8 12 17 29 25
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 17 (2019 U.S. Open – 2023 Open Championship, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2020 Masters – 2021 Open)

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
The Players Championship T72 T63 T12 COV T9 T55 WD

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

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Championship T3 T20 T45 T3 T32
Match Play 2 T52 T24 NT1 QF R16 T31
Invitational T28 T17 7 T52
Champions T36 T22 NT1 NT1 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
Note that the Championship and Invitational were discontinued from 2022. The Champions was discontinued from 2023.

PGA Tour career summary

Season Starts Cuts
Wins (majors) 2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
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
2021 22 21 1 (1) 2 2 15 18 1 7,705,933 1
2022 19 18 1 1 1 8 13 1 5,248,220 15
Career* 131 118 7 (1) 8 9 63 89 1 35,024,042 28

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

* As of the 2022 season

European Tour career summary

Season Starts Cuts
2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
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
2021 9 8 1 (1) 0 1 6 7 1 3,613,216 3
2022 9 9 2 1 0 4 5 1 4,629,803 3
Career* 63 56 9 (1) 4 4 31 41 1 €21,834,859 13

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 2022 season

Team appearances


  • 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)


  • World Cup (representing Spain): 2016
  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2018 (winners), 2021, 2023 (winners)

Ryder Cup points record

2018 2021 2023 Total
1 3.5 3 7.5

See also

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