Posted June 7, 2023 by Graham.

The Rise of Jon Rahm: From Amateur to Pro

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Introduction

When it comes to golf, few names are as synonymous with the sport as Jon Rahm. The Spanish professional golfer shot to fame in 2016 after winning the prestigious Ben Hogan Award during his senior year at Arizona State University. Since then, Jon Rahm has emerged as one of the most promising golfers, with a plethora of accomplishments in his relatively short career.

In this post, we'll delve into Rahm's meteoric rise to stardom from his humble beginnings as an amateur player to his current success as one of the top-grossing professional golfers in the world.

Early Life and Amateur Career

Jon Rahm was born on November 10, 1994, in Barrika, Spain. He began playing golf at the age of two, watched instructional videos of Tiger Woods - his idol - and tried to imitate his technique. Rahm's father, Edorta, who was a former soccer player, witnessed his son's natural gift for golf and soon became his first coach.

In 2012, Rahm established his name in the amateur golf circuit after winning the Spanish Amateur Championship. Later, he became the number one amateur golfer in the world and represented Spain at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he finished in 27th place.

Turning Pro and Notable Accomplishments

Rahm decided to turn pro in 2016, after graduation, and the same year he won his first professional tournament at the Quicken Loans National. In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, he had one runner-up finish and seven other top-10 finishes.

In 2018, Rahm secured his first European Tour title at the Open de España, where he won by two strokes. He also captured his fourth PGA Tour win at the CareerBuilder Challenge and finished the season ranked second in the FedEx Cup rankings.

One of the most notable tournaments of Rahm's career came in 2020 when he secured his first major championship at the U.S. Open in June. During the same year, he also won the BMW Championship and the Memorial Tournament, making him one of the few players to win multiple PGA Tour events in a single season.

Career Highlights

Besides his remarkable success in individual tournaments, Rahm has also achieved significant milestones in golfing:

  • In April 2017, he entered the top 10 of the official world golf rankings for the first time.

  • In May 2018, he finished tied for fourth at the Players Championship.

  • In September 2019, he won the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, and the Race to Dubai, cementing his position as one of the top golfers in Europe.

  • In January 2021, Rahm won the Tournament of Champions, eventually reaching the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Personal Life

When Rahm turned pro, he proposed to his girlfriend, Kelley Cahill, on the golf course in San Diego. As of 2021, the couple is happily married and recently welcomed their first child, a son named Kepa Cahill Rahm.

Rahm has also been heavily involved in charity work and has established the Jon Rahm Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to promote youth education and sports in Rahm's hometown.

Final Thoughts

Jon Rahm's rise from an amateur to one of golf's top professionals has been nothing but impressive. His accomplishments speak for themselves, making him one of the most celebrated golfers in recent times.

What sets Rahm's remarkable career apart is not only his natural ability and talent for golf but also his dedication and work ethic that have seen him reach the zenith of success in such a short time.

As Rahm continues to build his illustrious career, golf fans from all over the world eagerly await the next milestone he will achieve on the greens.

 

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