Rahm come home

The Biscayan reappears in Europe 641 days after his victory at the Club del Campo. He does it with the US Open, his first major, under his arm.


About two years have passed since Jon Rahm last played a European Tour tournament. It was the 2019 Spanish Open. At the Madrid Country Club, the Biscayan revalidated the title won a year earlier at the National Center with an exhibition. At that time it was still a great champion project that sported nine titles in his record but no major.

At the end of the same year he married his college sweetheart, Kelley, in Bilbao. Months later the pandemic broke out and between restrictions, PGA commitments and the birth of his first-born, Kepa, he could not cross the pond again. This Thursday, 641 days later, he will start at the Scottish Open as the current US Open champion, all expectations confirmed. At The Renaissance, a links located in North Berwick, half an hour's drive from Edinburgh, the world's number one will be the rival to beat for perhaps the best roster of golfers in the history of this event, which is part of the Rolex Series, the black leg category of the circuit.

Together with Rahm, Americans Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa, all in the top-5 of the ranking, have landed in Great Britain. There will also be Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (10th) and 18 other top-50s, including Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (11th). The Spanish representation is completed by Adri Arnaus, Larrazábal, Elvira, Otaegui, Quirós, Sebas García and Campillo.

The long absence of Rahm in the Old Continent does not respond in any case to a resignation of functions. Since he turned professional in 2016, and despite the fact that his first card was that of the PGA, he has always tried to comply with what by origin is his head tour. In fact, his numbers on this side of the Atlantic are spectacular: he has played 16 tournaments with nine top-10s and five victories, two at the Irish Open and two at the Spanish Open (aside from the final in Dubai, which he won together to the Order of Merit in 2019) .

He has only missed three cuts, two of them in Scotland (Alfred Dunhill in 2019 and British Open de Carnoustie in 2018), his last stop before facing a new great, the British in which Seve Ballesteros shone so much, his great reference.

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