Born:Nov 10, 1994 in Barrika, nr Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.
Original/Home Club:GC de Larrabea, nr Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Ryder Cup player (2018). Multiple wins on the European and PGA Tours. European Tour Rookie of the Year (2017). European Tour Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) winner (2019).
During a stunning amateur career Rahm played collegiate golf for the Arizona State Sun Devils. His haul of 11 college tournament wins ranks second in the university's history behind another famous alumni, Phil Mickelson. He achieved the status of best American College player, receiving the Ben Hogan Award in 2015 and 2016, and was also the No.1 ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings for a record total of 60 weeks. In the 2016 US Open he was the lowest scoring amateur, finishing the tournament in a tie for 23rd place.
Turning pro in 2016, Rahm chalked up his first PGA Tour win in January 2017 at Torrey Pines. That was followed in July by his first European Tour win in the prestigious Irish Open.
Finishing 2017 in style, Rahm was also victorious in the European Tour's final event of the season, the highly coveted DP World Tour Championship. He won this event again in 2019, but on this second occasion it also came with a $3 million first prize, and enough points to secure the season-long European Tour Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) title, and a bonus of $2 million.
Played as the BMW Championship (Aug 27-30; postponed from Aug 20-23 due to world coronavirus pandemic; second of three FedEx Cup playoff events). Jon Rahm (Esp) beat Dustin Johnson (USA) with a 66-foot birdie putt at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). [Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (July 16-19; postponed from June 4-7 due to world coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Ryan Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Jon Rahm (Esp). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
Played as the Open de España (Oct 3-6). Second-placed Rafa Cabrera Bello (Esp) finished 5 shots behind 24-year-old defending champion Rahm (Esp), who recorded his fifth European Tour win in just his 39th start on the Tour. Fellow Spaniard Samuel Del Val finished in third place, giving a Spanish one-two-three in this year's Spanish Open. [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 21-24; last of eight European Tour Rolex Series events, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Jon Rahm (Esp), who won this event for the second time in three years. Rahm collected the biggest prize in European Tour history, eclipsing the $2.5 million first prize presented at the Nedbank Challenge a week earlier. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 4-7; second of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events). Second-placed Andy Sullivan (Eng) and Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) finished 2 shots behind Rahm (Esp), whose final round 8-under 62 gave him a second win in this event in three years. [Lahinch GC, Co. Clare, Ireland].
Race to Dubai
Rahm (Esp) received the Harry Vardon Trophy and a US$2 million bonus as the European Tour 2019 Order of Merit (Race to Dubai) winner. He accumulated 5898.3 points during the season (points equate to euros won divided by 1000, with Eurpn Tr winnings paid in $ or £ converted to euros). Second was Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) with 5414.8 pts, plus bonus of $1,200,000. Third was Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) with 4905.9 pts, plus bonus of $700,000. 25-year-old Rahm was the second Spaniard after Seve Ballesteros to win the Harry Vardon Trophy.
Rahm (Esp) was named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year, selected by a panel of representatives from the European Tour and golfing media.
Played as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Apr 25-28; two-man team event: betterball rounds 1&3; alternate shot rounds 2&4). Second-placed Sergio Garcia (Esp) & Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) finished 3 shots behind the winning team of Ryan Palmer (USA) & Jon Rahm (Esp), who each took home a first prize of $1,051,200. [TPC Louisiana, Avondale, nr New Orleans, LA].
Played as the Open de España (Apr 12-15; last played in 2016). Second-placed Paul Dunne (Ire) finished 2 shots behind Rahm (Esp), who recorded his first professional win in his home country. [Centro Nacional de Golf, Madrid, Spain].
Played as the CareerBuilder Challenge (Jan 18-21). Rahm (Esp) beat Andrew Landry (USA) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole (par-4 18th), to claim his second PGA Tour win. [Stadium (resort) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Nicklaus Tournament (resort) PGA West; La Quinta CC].
Played as the Hero World Challenge (Nov 29-Dec 2; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Tony Finau (USA) finished 4 shots behind Jon Rahm (Esp). [Albany Resort, New Providence, Bahamas].
Played as the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation (July 6-9; third of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events). Second-placed Richie Ramsay (Scot) and Matthew Southgate (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Rahm (Esp), who recorded his first European Tour win. Rahm's 24-under was the lowest score to par in the event's history. [Portstewart GC, Portstewart, nr Coleraine, N.Ireland].
Played as the Farmers Insurance Open (Jan 26-29). Second-placed Charles Howell III (USA) and C.T. Pan (S Kor) finished 3 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Rahm (Esp), who snatched victory with an emphatic birdie-eagle finish. [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA; earlier rounds on North & South courses].
Rahm (Esp) won the European Tour 2017 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player (determined by a panel representing the Tour, the R&A and Assoc of Golf Writers). Rahm finished third on the Tour's Order of Merit, with season earnings of €4,073,503 (excludes US$600,000 from the Race to Dubai bonus pool).
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 16-19; last of eight European Tour Rolex Series events, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thai) finished 1 shot behind Jon Rahm (Esp), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
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Senior PGA Championship: the revered Southern Hills in Oklahoma hosts the 81st staging of this event (May 27-30); Ken Tanigawa holds the title from its last playing in 2019.
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