Tuesday, July 11

BBC Golf: 'Can Jon Rahm Go One Better Than Seve Ballesteros at Birkdale?'

SPANIARD JON RAHM IS LIGHTING UP the golf world. Last week Rahm won the Irish Open by six shots and has moved up to No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 22-year-old has won twice in his first full year on tour.

BBC Golf's Iain Carter assessed Rahm's rise and his chances at Royal Birkdale in next week's Open Championship, including comparing him to Spain's greatest golf legend, Seve Ballesteros.

Carter offers a good preview of the Open, including this:
[I]t will be intriguing to see how [Rahm] fares on a more demanding course under the pressure of expectation generated by his success at the Irish Open, which he won by six shots after escaping a penalty in the last round. 
His temperament remains suspect, as was shown in rounds of 76 and 73 when he missed the cut at the recent US Open at Erin Hills. He also unravelled in the penal surroundings of Sawgrass during May's Players Championship. 
If a course gets on top of him, Rahm can struggle to fight his way out of trouble. Birkdale is a very fair golfing test but if the coastal winds blow and the elements close in, the young Spaniard could easily be rattled. 
Nevertheless, right now he looks at home among the favourites for the next men's major.

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