Rahm’s re­lent­less rise was in­spired by Woods

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

Jon Rahm was a bulky four-year-old from the Basque Coun­try when Tiger Woods won the US Open at Peb­ble Beach in 2000. Since then, this week’s Hero Golf Chal­lenge cham­pion has watched Woods’ his­toric back-nine over 150 times. This week at Saint-quentin-enyve­lines, after 28 months of nar­rowly miss­ing be­ing part­nered with Woods at Pro­fes­sional Golfers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (PGA) Tour events, Rahm was pit­ted against his “all-time hero.” For Rahm, win­ning that match on the 17th green at Le Golf Na­tional, beat­ing the air in the di­rec­tion of Guyan­court’s crowds and roar­ing vol­leys of ‘Vamos’ be­fore turn­ing to his hero in tears, was the cul­mi­na­tion of a child­hood forged by Woods’ legacy.“i had to apol­o­gise (to Tiger),” Rahm said in his cham­pion’s press con­fer­ence as he relected pub­licly on the match for the irst time. “I didn’t see he was com­ing to me and he came to me with a smile. He said, ‘Man, don’t even worry, you played great’, and I started cry­ing in front of him. It was such an emo­tional mo­ment.”

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