Jon Rahm is an insatiable man, thirsty to make history. Even in the best year of his career, in which he already has four titles With Masters from Augusta included, the one from Barrika wants more. His early success in 2023 has forced him to “refocus objectives”, but Rahmbo It hasn’t taken long for him to find new goals before the PGA Championship that starts this Thursday. “Seve didn’t. He would be the first Spaniard to win two majors in one year ”Jon commented this Tuesday at the press conference prior to the second major it’s from the season.
The Oak Hill Country Club of Rochester, New York (USA), It is unknown territory for the Basque, who arrives with his homework done after having seen videos of the 2013 PGA Championship, the last major event that the New York course hosted (this is the fourth PGA to be held in Oak Hill, also home of the 1995 Ryder Cup). Rahm defines it as a not excessively long course (par 70), but with fairways that are a must if you want to avoid problems, especially in very deep sand. “I haven’t played here before so I don’t know what to expect. It is a difficult course, whoever prepared it must have had a lot of fun. It’s a challenge, but if you hit the right shots, nothing crazy should happen. I like it, it’s difficult but fun”, Jon explained before defining the fundamental quality for this week. “I think discipline pretty much sums up what you’re going to need.”
Everyone is looking at Jon Rahm, who lands the seventh PGA pitch of his career and in every pool for the title. Today, Rory McIlroy pointed out that the Spaniard could perfectly add another big one in this magical 2023. “It doesn’t happen very often that a player wins several majors in a year, so it would be awesome to put my name on the list. The last one to do it I remember was Koepka in 2019, so I would love it”, replied Rahm, who together with Pablo Larrazábal, Adri Arnaus and Adrián Otaegui, will compose the Spanish quartet in contention. He will miss his good friend Sergio García, out of the tournament for not having enough ranking and that he will miss his second major since 1999 (he was not at the 2020 Masters due to COVID).
And, from afar, the possibility of Rahm completing the Grand Slam already appears, although it is still early for Barrika’s. “I don’t think about it much. If I win this week or the Open, obviously it becomes a reality. but win two majors is not easy, and choosing the ones you win is a bit daring. Winning the Grand Slam would be amazing, but I think it’s too soon to consider it. The last to do it was Tiger, so it’s not something easy to accomplish”, pointed out the number one in the world, a distinction that only Scottie Scheffler could snatch from him this Sunday with a great performance.
At the moment, Rahm already knows his two companions for the first two days, in which he will be part of a stellar match with three of the four current champions of majors: the English Matt Fitzpatrick (US Open 2022) and the Australian and LIV member Cameron Smith (British 2022). On Thursday they will leave at 2:33 p.m. on the peninsula, while on Friday they will do so at 7:58 p.m. “Hopefully I can keep adding to the story,” Jon summed up. Her appointment with her begins this Thursday.