Monday, January 30

Jon Rahm Is the Newest of the 'Best Players'

IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, YOU MIGHT not know much about Jon Rahm, the young Spaniard who won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. But judging from Sunday's performance and comments from fellow tour pros like Phil Mickelson, we can expect to see more of this talented 22-year-old.

Rahm broke free of a packed leaderboard to claim his first PGA Tour victory on a sunny afternoon. He shot a 30 on the closing 9 for a final-round 65. It included the above eagle at the 18th. No one makes that putt. Well, no one except perhaps Tiger Woods in the 2008 U.S. Open. And now Rahm. Could there be a better exclamation point on your first win?

"[I'm] just so happy it finally happened," Rahm said.

Mickelson, who got smoked by Rahm in a practice round in Arizona (Rahm shot 62), gushed about the young player.

"I think he's one of the best players in the world," Lefty said.

"There's an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders. And he has that."

So now we have another "one of the best players" in the world. There are so many. (I'm not being facetious.) We'll know about Rahm (at least a little) for next time. And it sounds like there will be a next time.

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