A number one that doesn't fill

World leadership rewards consistency, Jon Rahm's strength, but the real challenge for any golfer is to win a major.

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Jon Rahm attended the PGA Championship, the first major of this unusual season, with a double mission. One, priority: release the record in a large. Another, complementary: recover the number one. The Basque closed the weekend with only the second half completed, precisely on which he had least focused during the tournament: “I didn't think of number one. Nor has it crossed me. At this point, once the flavor of the throne has been tasted, Rahm does not consider it as a goal in itself, but as the outcome of his good results. Leadership in the ranking rewards regularity and consistency, which also coincides with its strength, but the real challenge for any golfer is to be crowned in one of the four majors, better in several. No one doubts that Rahm has class and game to conquer them, he was already third at the 2019 US Open and fourth at the 2018 Augusta Masters. At 25, he also has plenty of time. Sooner or later, without anxiety, you must catch some. Sergio García, who aimed just as high in the beginning, did not achieve it until 37.

This sport, unlike other individual ones, does not always reflect a concordance between the best in the world rankings and the winners of the majors. Since 2010 there have been 30 different champions in the golf big four, while only six have been crowned in the tennis Grand Slams. The forecasts are much more open. For that reason, Justin Thomas, who had snatched number one from Rahm with a stellar performance at WGC St. Jude, finished 37th in the PGA and gave up the lead. And perhaps for that very reason, that world ranking, which is well deservedly led by the Spanish, does not have as much packaging as in other disciplines. Here what counts is winning. And if Rahm's performance is more similar to Sunday's than Thursday's, surely it won't take long to do so.



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