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Jon Rahm’s bril­liant DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship bow last Novem­ber was al­most lost in the bat­tle within the bat­tle as Justin Rose took Tommy Fleet­wood to the wire on Earth for the over­all Race to Dubai ti­tle. But how good was the Spaniard’s DPWTC de­but - 69-68-65-67 for a 269 ag­gre­gate – on a lay­out other big names took much longer to learn; it was cer­tainly im­pres­sive when you con­sider he’d just been con­firmed as Sir Henry Cot­ton Rookie of the Year. Rahm has gone on to win his first PGA Tour ti­tle and a third Euro­pean Tour ti­tle – the Open de Es­paña – and beat tired Tiger Woods 2&1 in a mem­o­rable Ry­der Cup de­but. Don’t be sur­prised if Rahm, who cel­e­brates his 24th birth­day on the Satur­day pre­ced­ing the sea­son de­cider, joins Hen­rik Sten­son as just the sec­ond backto-back cham­pion.

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