"It may have been one of the best laps of my life"

Jon Rahm was conscious about what he can achieve, and classified the number one in the world ranking as "extremely important".


Jon Rahm is about to enter the golden book of golf. The Spaniard, after a sensational Saturday, is one step away from winning the Memorial Tournament and, therefore - if McIlroy doesn't avoid it being second -, being number one in the world ranking. "Today's may have been one of the best golf laps I have ever played in my entire life," Rahm said of his third day.

"Number one is extremely important," Rahm admitted. "Obviously it is a great sporting thing. I cannot sit here and not think about what that means for me, my family and Spanish golf," said Barrika of the opportunity he has to make history.

Rahm pointed out that "trying to reduce it and avoid it is not easy either, because I would be lying to myself because it is a great goal to achieve". However, he also said that he was realistic as an athlete and that goal will come as a result of victory, which he does not yet have. "Hence, for me what is important on Sunday, is to hit hard, get involved in my work and do the work. Everything else will come later," said Rahm.

"Whatever happens tomorrow will be a great test for me, I will learn for the future, for the majors, because this will be the closest thing to a major without being one," said the Spaniard. If he was world number one, he would be the second Spaniard to achieve it after Severiano Ballesteros. "Seve is a huge influence on me. He is the reason I am here today. Whenever I can do something remotely close to what he did, it is very emotional," said Rahm.

Despite his four-stroke lead over his two pursuers, Jon is aware of the toughness of the Muirfield Village and is not looking to relax. "You can't make a mistake because you pay so dearly. Four shots on a field like that are nothing. I do two bogeys, another birdie and it's already there," said Rahm. "I did not start as I would have liked, I lacked definition on the green, but in the second half of the course everything was different and I felt much more identified with my game," he said of his magnificent day on Saturday.

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