HUM­BLE BEGGININGS

Com­ing from small vil­lage in Spain, Jon Rahm has had a me­te­oric rise to No. 25 in world.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Kirk Bohls Com­men­tary

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.

JAY JAN­NER / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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