Player Profile: Jon Rahm
The former World Amateur Number One had been tipped as a future Ryder Cup star for some time, and after sealing his place in Thomas Bjørn’s side via the World Points List he will make his debut appearance in golf’s greatest team event.
During the qualification campaign – which began in the Czech Republic in August 2017 – Rahm starred both at home in Europe and away in the United States, triumphing on both sides of the Atlantic.
Victory in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai last November, his third win during his first full season as a professional, continued a red-hot run for the Spaniard.
After a runner-up finish in his next start in the US PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, Rahm won again two weeks later at the CareerBuilder Challenge – a result which took him to second in the world.
Although still only 23 years old, Rahm is seen by many as a Major Champion in waiting and, after finishing in fourth place at this year’s Masters Tournament, he added another significant strong to his bow as he claimed a first title on home soil.
After flying from Augusta to Madrid, Rahm wowed his home fans by carding four rounds in the 60s to triumph by two shots at the Open de España.
Since then, Rahm has recorded further top-five finishes in Rolex Series events, in France – at Le Golf National, the host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup – and then on his title defence in Ireland, while also claiming a share of fourth at the US PGA Championship.
Although he will be a rookie, expect Rahm to be a key player in Bjørn’s 12-man team.
World Ranking: 5
Previous Ryder Cup Appearances: ROOKIE
Ryder Cup record (W-L-T): ROOKIE
Worldwide wins: 5
Victories in 2018: 2
Top 10s in 2018: 8
Quote: “I have to say that I am really excited to make my Ryder Cup debut for Team Europe. I have spoken to a lot of the guys about it and everyone tells me how amazing of an experience it will be. Both Teams look to be very strong and hopefully we can come out on top.”