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16 Things You Didn’t know About Jon Rahm

One of Europe’s finest players, Jon Rahm will try to follow in the footsteps of Spanish legends Severiano Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal this year by winning the Masters. 

Below we take a look at 16 things you may or may not already know about him.

16 Things You Didn’t know About Jon Rahm

1 Rahm attended Arizona State University where he collected 11 collegiate victories. This ranks second in school history behind Phil Mickelson’s 16 wins.

2 He was born in a small town called Barrika, in the Basque region of Spain located at the very north of the country.

3 He currently holds the record for being the number one ranked amateur in the world for the longest period of time. Overall he held that distinction for 60 weeks between 2015 and 2016.

4 He became the first golfer ever to win the Ben Hogan award in two consecutive years. The award is given to the best player in college golf in the United States.

5 In January 2017 he secured his first PGA Tour victory and first professional win at the Farmers Insurance Open. He secured the win with a 60-foot eagle on the 18th.

6 To help him learn English, Rahm listened to a lot of hip-hop. Two of his favourite songs were Eminem – Love The Way You Lie, and Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools

7 His girlfriend is Kelley Cahill, a former javelin thrower at Arizona State.

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8 Right now he has six professional wins despite only being a pro for two years.

9 His two best finishes in Majors came in 2018 at the Masters and PGA Championship. He finished fourth on both occasions.

10 From an early age, his father pushed him to move to the United States because he believed thats where the future of golf lay.

11 After attending the 1997 Ryder Cup, his parents Edorta and Angela, took up golf. Jon then followed in their footsteps.

12 Despite not knowing English very well, Rahm managed to secure a 3.6 GPA in his first semester at Arizona State.

Jon Rahm wearing Arizona State clothing (Getty Images)

13 Rahm is an avid supporter of Athletic Bilbao.

14 He cites Sergio Garcia as his hero and influence.

15 Rahm developed a lot of his skill at Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid.

16 In 2014 and 2015, Rahm won two Amateur Spanish National titles.

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