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

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

The in-type Spaniard has created a flying begin to 2023, winning the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii before professing The American Specific in California final weekend.

A 3rd consecutive tournament victory this 7 days ― at a golfing course in which he claimed the US Open in 2021 ― would make Rahm the 1st player to get a few straight begins on the PGA Tour due to the fact Dustin Johnson in 2017.

“I’m knowledgeable this is very unusual and I value it, simply because if anything, it is really a humbling emotion of how substantially do the job you need to put in to be ready to do a thing like this due to the fact of the talent you have out there,” Rahm explained immediately after Tuesday’s Pro-Am.

“I never just take it for granted since who is familiar with how very long till one particular of those people (streaks) arrives again.”

Only two other golfers in the past 15 several years have received 3 consecutive tournaments ― Rory McIlroy in 2014 and Tiger Woods in 2008.

If Rahm is to sign up for that illustrious firm, he will do so at a training course that has develop into a virtual house-from-home.

As well as his breakthrough US Open victory at Torrey Pines in 2021, the world quantity 3 also won the Farmers in 2017 and completed runner-up by just a single shot at the 2020 tournament.

Due to the fact the function moved to Torrey Pines in 1968, only Tiger Woods has boasted a much better stroke typical, 69.28 from 68 rounds. Rahm’s is a portion guiding at 69.29.

“The confidence in my swing suitable now is fairly high, but you nevertheless want to get the job done on things and try out to get superior,” Rahm said.

Rahm meanwhile showered praise on the overall performance of newly retired soccer star Gareth Bale following Tuesday’s Professional-Am.

Previous Authentic Madrid and Wales captain Bale, an infamous golfing fanatic, remaining Rahm amazed just after Tuesday’s spherical.

“I informed Gareth, you are unable to be so good at experienced football and golfing at the very same time, it just does not appear to be fair,” Rahm stated. “Can’t be dedicated to a person factor and have this much talent for golf, it can be not honest in the slightest.”

Rahm included that Bale experienced not required any information during Tuesday’s nine holes.

“He didn’t talk to for anything, nor should he be inquiring, he’s previously fantastic more than enough,” Rahm claimed. “Like I claimed, he has no company staying that excellent when he is a experienced football player.

“The second he’s finished and he can truly exercise far more, he’s likely to get a lot greater.” ― AFP