Jon Rahm claims US Open
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Jon Rahm revealed he has an added incentive heading into this week’s second FedEx Cup play-off event at the BMW Championship, as he eyes his first ever PGA Tour title defence.
The world number one claimed last year’s event on the way to his maiden FedEx Cup title, defeating 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson via a play-off last August.
As a result, the Spaniard now heads to Caves Valley with the hopes of adding another achievement to his glittering golf resume, by defending a PGA Tour title for the very first time.
Ahead of his trophy defence Rahm told reporters: “It looks like it is going to be a challenging one so I can’t wait to get out there and I’m hoping I can make this my first PGA Tour defence.”
After clinching the tournament last year at Olympia Fields in Illinois, the 26-year-old now faces a different challenge at this year’s event with it taking place at the Caves Valley course in Maryland.
And, the 2021 US Open champion admitted he is looking forward to the fresh challenge on a different golf course.
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He added: “I’ve heard great things about the golf course and I haven’t been out there yet because I just got here so I’m looking at the pictures around me to see and it looks like it’s going to be a challenging one and a really fun one.
Rahm heads to Caves Valley in hot form, having not finished outside the top 10 of an event in over five months, a run that includes his maiden major win at June’s US Open, and a tied third finish at last month’s Open Championship.
The Spaniard again provided another strong finish at last week’s opening FedEx Cup play-off at the Northern Trust – again finishing third – behind Cameron Smith and eventual winner Tony Finau.
Heading into the back nine the world number one find himself in poll position with just nine holes to play, however Rahm carded two frustrating bogeys in his last four holes to cost him a place in the play-off shoot-out between Finau and Smith, after he finished two shots off the pace on 18-under for the tournament.
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Despite this, the six-time PGA Tour winner has said he will be using both his recent hot form, and the thought of just missing out last week as motivation for his performance at the BMW.
Rahm commented: “Yeah, I am confident. To be fair I’m still a little thinking about what I could have done better already yesterday [in the Northern Trust final round]. It is still pretty fresh but I’m looking forward to this week.
The world number one knows a strong performance at this week’s play-off could spring him to the top of the FedEx Cup points standings with just the Tour Championship to play, as he currently sits in second one place behind last week’s winner Finau.
Rahm will kick off his title defence in tomorrow’s opening round at Caves Valley at 4:21pm alongside fellow top three members Finau and Smith.
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