Jon Rahm had an opportunity to develop into the prime-ranked golfer with a win final week, however a troublesome weekend ended his probability.
This week, Rahm enters the Waste Administration Phoenix Open as the second-ranked golfer however not can overtake Dustin Johnson with a win. Nonetheless, Rahm has the prime spot on his sights in the close to future.
“I might be the person who defeated Superman,” Rahm stated of passing Johnson. “Clearly I stated that as a joke as a result of he gained a event by eight photographs. I imply that is simply — and he virtually holed out a driver from 430 yards. These are issues that do not occur typically. It doesn’t suggest that he is unbeatable, as a result of that is golf, no one’s unbeatable.
“You are going to get beat sooner or later. However undoubtedly everyone knows he is a pressure to be reckoned with. He is an amazing participant and in nice type and in nice bodily type. However, yeah, I imply it would not make me Superman, as a result of like I stated, he’s, however I might be the man who defeated Superman.”
Rahm is paired with Phil Mickelson this week, and the two have a wealthy historical past after Mickelson’s brother, Tim — now his caddie — coached Rahm at Arizona State. Rahm is wanting ahead to a enjoyable week.
“He is arguably one among the biggest guys out right here. He is all the time been an ideal good friend and mentor to me,” Rahm stated. “He is helped me out on every thing he is been in a position to assist me out on. Even in school and out of school. And we simply have plenty of enjoyable collectively.
“I really like enjoying apply rounds with him, I really like joking round with him. Everyone knows how a lot he loves joking round and it is actually enjoyable to play with him as a result of I really feel prefer it’s simply pleasant competitors, as a result of all of us get actually relaxed round him. We simply have enjoyable and play the golf course. And there is been a development, like a number of occasions I play a apply spherical with him after which I’m going to both win or get shut to profitable that event. So hopefully we’ll play with him and the similar factor occurs.”
Rahm, getting into simply his third full season on Tour, continues to be adjusting to life on the street. Considered one of his largest challenges has been pacing and choosing his schedule.
“That is nonetheless issues I am studying about. Simply understanding when to peak, the schedule, when to be rested and when not to be rested,” Rahm stated. “I am altering sure issues this yr to be somewhat extra rested in the direction of the Majors. I stated many occasions, final yr at Augusta on the again 9 on Sunday I simply collapsed. I used to be extraordinarily drained, dehydrated, my physique could not simply hold going anymore, therefore the triple bogey on 18.
“Sort of comparable state of affairs at the U.S. Open. Very comparable state of affairs at the PGA. I used to be simply not, I did not understand how to cope with issues as a result of after the first few months it went from simply being a backside participant to turning into prime-10 in the world. So I had to change my schedule due to that. Hopefully I discovered from my errors. However life has modified fairly a bit in my case and it was fast.”