Rahm desires wins over consistency


LOS ANGELES:

World primary Jon Rahm says he would fortunately swap consistency for extra victories as he opens his 2022 marketing campaign on the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii this week.

The Spaniard heads a star-studded subject on the PGA Tour’s calendar-year opening event in Maui following a stunning 2021 marketing campaign which included a maiden main victory on the US Open in addition to PGA Player of the Year honors.

The 27-year-old additionally garnered the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for scoring common, a mirrored image of a exceptional consistency that included no fewer than 15 top-10 finishes.

Rahm mentioned Tuesday he hopes to enhance on these requirements this yr — however admits he would favor so as to add to his assortment of 13 skilled wins the place potential.

“My goal is always to do better each year,” Rahm mentioned.

“But I could tell you right now I would gladly take a bit more of inconsistency but have more than one win.” Rahm in the meantime is unfazed by his standing as world primary, saying he doesn’t really feel like a marked man with the likes of second-ranked Collin Morikawa and former world primary Dustin Johnson (3) each on his tail.

“I’m number one because of how I played in the past, so if I want to stay here I got to keep playing at the level and trying to get better,” Rahm mentioned.

“At the top of the day, I deal with myself, proper? I attempt to enhance my sport and enhance my stage of golf.

“If I can do that and play the way I know I can play, everything else should take care of itself. I’m not thinking constantly, ‘Oh, he’s No. 2 or he’s coming for me, I need to do this or that.’ No, I’m trying to play the best that I can and hopefully win a tournament.”

Rahm’s 2021 additionally included an outstanding Ryder Cup marketing campaign, the place he was a uncommon vivid spot in Europe’s 19-9 drubbing with a 3-1-1 report, in addition to his dramatic exit from the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, the place he was compelled to withdraw after three rounds whereas main by six strokes after testing optimistic for Covid-19.

Off the course he additionally grew to become a father for the primary time, welcoming son Kepa with spouse Kelley in April.

Rahm mentioned Tuesday he had relished the possibility to take pleasure in fatherhood throughout his offseason in Spain after a grueling yr.

“As quickly as I obtained again home I instructed (Kelley), ‘I need to be extra concerned. I need to assist out. And for these two months I actually, actually, actually loved having to get up a few occasions an evening and care for my son.

“Be in a position to be there within the morning, give him a shower within the morning, feed him, give him a shower at night time, simply benefit from the easy issues of parenthood and understanding that principally as soon as he begins going to high school I’m just about going to overlook 50 p.c of his life.

“I really wanted to cherish those moments.”

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