Coming from small village in Spain, Jon Rahm has had a meteoric rise to No. 25 in world.
Jon Rahm came from humble origins. Very humble.
He arrived in this country five years ago from Barrika, Spain, a small coastal village so modest that his manager says Rahm still contends “there’s more cows there than people.”
Suffice it to say that Rahm will put it on the map.
His meteoric rise in the golf world to a No. 25 world ranking and a spot in the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play belies his tender age of 22 and his lack of experience on the PGA Tour, not that either has proved to be much of an obstacle.
After all, he won his first PGA Tour event in just his sixth start, holing a pair of eagle putts — one from almost 61 feet — and crushing his final back nine at Torrey Pines in 30 strokes, the third time he’s pulled that off this season. On Thursday at Austin Country Club, Rahm took out fellow countryman Sergio Garcia 6 and 4 to sweep his three preliminary-round matches.
Rahm has finished in the top 10 seven times in his first 20 events and, by winning the Farmers Insurance Open, has qualified for the Masters. Here in Austin, Rahm smoked his rivals in Group 7 and remained in the running to become the youngest winner of a WGC event.
Jon Rahm, who’s just 22, lines up a shot on the sixth hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on Friday.