Red-hot Rahm eyes rare hat-trick at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO, Jan 25 ― Jon Rahm is aiming to be part of an elite club when he tees it up at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance policy Open at Torrey Pines in southern California tomorrow seeking for a 3rd straight victory.

The in-sort Spaniard has manufactured a flying begin to 2023, winning the time-opening Sentry Match of Champions in Hawaii prior to boasting The American Convey in California past weekend.

A 3rd consecutive tournament victory this week ― at a golf program the place he claimed the US Open in 2021 ― would make Rahm the 1st player to gain three straight starts off on the PGA Tour since Dustin Johnson in 2017.

“I’m aware this is incredibly exceptional and I take pleasure in it, mainly because if something, it’s a humbling feeling of how significantly function you need to have to set in to be ready to do something like this for the reason that of the talent you have out there,” Rahm mentioned following Tuesday’s Pro-Am.

“I do not acquire it for granted due to the fact who is aware of how long till one of people (streaks) will come once more.”

Only two other golfers in the previous 15 several years have gained a few consecutive tournaments ― Rory McIlroy in 2014 and Tiger Woods in 2008.

If Rahm is to sign up for that illustrious company, he will do so at a study course that has become a virtual dwelling-from-household.

As effectively as his breakthrough US Open victory at Torrey Pines in 2021, the world variety three also received the Farmers in 2017 and concluded runner-up by just one shot at the 2020 tournament.

Considering that the event moved to Torrey Pines in 1968, only Tiger Woods has boasted a better stroke average, 69.28 from 68 rounds. Rahm’s is a portion at the rear of at 69.29.

“The self esteem in my swing ideal now is quite significant, but you however want to do the job on matters and check out to get superior,” Rahm mentioned.

Rahm in the meantime showered praise on the functionality of newly retired soccer star Gareth Bale right after Tuesday’s Pro-Am.

Previous Actual Madrid and Wales captain Bale, an infamous golfing fanatic, left Rahm amazed soon after Tuesday’s spherical.

“I informed Gareth, you can not be so excellent at skilled football and golfing at the identical time, it just won’t appear to be reasonable,” Rahm claimed. “Can’t be devoted to one particular matter and have this a great deal expertise for golfing, it is really not truthful in the slightest.”

Rahm additional that Bale had not desired any suggestions during Tuesday’s 9 holes.

“He didn’t ask for anything at all, nor need to he be asking, he is currently great enough,” Rahm said. “Like I claimed, he has no company being that excellent when he’s a qualified soccer participant.

“The next he’s finished and he can really follow more, he is going to get a large amount superior.” ― AFP