How this ris­ing star smashes it high and hard.

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Only a few play­ers come to the PGA Tour with the “can’t miss” tag. It stems from a top ama­teur pedi­gree and the power and pol­ish to com­pete with the high-horse­power mod­ern stars. Jon Rahm brings it all. A two-time Ben Ho­gan Award win­ner as the best player in US col­lege golf, the for­mer Ari­zona Sun Devil had an im­pres­sive 2016 pro­fes­sional de­but, record­ing two top-3s in his first four starts on the PGA Tour. In Fe­bru­ary he won the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open, lost to Dustin John­son in the fi­nal of the WGC Match Play, and was T-3 in the Mex­ico Cham­pi­onship. He’s clos­ing in on $4 mil­lion in prize­money.

Rahm does a lot of his dam­age with his long­est club.“Driv­ing is the best part of my game now,” he says, and his long-ball statis­tics back it up. His money shot is the same one favoured by an­other no­table bomber with a sim­i­larly bowed left-wrist swing – US Open cham­pion and 2016 PGA Tour Player of the Year Dustin John­son.“A high fade is my go-to shot,” Rahm says of his 305-yard rock­ets.“I can hit it hard with low spin, and I still get good launch and con­sis­tency. I don’t quite get it out there as far as DJ, but I hit it far enough.” Plenty far from what th­ese swing images im­ply. – matthew rudy

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