Rahm, go for the Claret Jug

The Spaniard from Barrika (26 years old) is in Kent "with the will to win" the British Open and emulate his idol Severiano Ballesteros. It also aims to recover the one in the ranking.

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It measures just over 50 centimeters and weighs two and a half kilos. The Claret Jar is one of the oldest sports trophies in the world since it has been awarded since 1873 to the winner of the British Open, which in 2021 celebrates its 149th edition. Far is that 1860 that saw the birth of the oldest golf major and also the years in which the winner took away the original jewel that cost 30 pounds 148 years ago since from 1927 it was decided to keep it at the headquarters of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews and deliver a replica to the annual winner.

Jon Rahm arrives at the emblematic Royal St. George's field in Sandwich, Kent (England) to, once again, try to emulate his idolized Seve Ballesteros since after becoming the fourth Spanish to win a Grande, by winning a month ago in the US Open, now wants to follow in his footsteps and win the British Open, the only European major, which until now has only raised the genius of Pedreña in our country. He did it three times: 1979, 1984 and 1988. Along with the Barrika player (26 years old), another four Spaniards are on the list of participants who will distribute a whopping 11.5 million dollars (almost 10 euros): Sergio García, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Jorge Campillo and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño.

"I arrive with the will to win", says Rahmbo hours before going to the tee of 1, a mythical hole that retains its original design since 1887. The Spanish will make his first stroke today at 9:58 local time (10 : 58 on the peninsula) along with Irishman Shane Lowry and South African Louis Oosthuizen, his teammates on the first two days of the tournament.

Rahm, in addition to drinking from the Claret Jug, aspires to recover the one in the ranking that Dustin Johnson snatched from him last week and enter a select list of chosen ones who have won the US Open and British Open the same year: Bobby Jones (1926 and 1930), Gene Sarazen (1932), Ben Hogan (1953), Lee Treviño (1971), Tom Watson (1982) and Tiger Woods (2000). Illustrious names that Rahm, a clear favorite in the bookmakers, wants to join on Sunday.



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