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Jon Rahm says Memorial, Olympics WDs ‘cost me’ PGA Tour Player of Year

Previously this week, Jon Rahm completed runner-up to Patrick Cantlay in the race for the PGA Tour’s Player of the Yr award.

If not for a few unfortunate situations, however, Rahm could have been the one with the components. 

Rahm, the environment No. 1, and Cantlay, the FedExCup champ, have been linked to each other because the Memorial Tournament, exactly where Rahm was forced to withdraw with a 6-shot guide by three rounds after screening positive for COVID-19 and Cantlay finished up winning. Rahm came again two weeks later on and won the U.S. Open up at Torrey Pines, but a second constructive COVID-19 analysis in July barred Rahm from taking part in in the Olympics for his native Spain. He then tied Kevin Na for the finest 72-gap rating at the Tour Championship, but with the staggered commencing structure at East Lake, he could not catch Cantlay.

The U.S. Open up was Rahm’s lone win previous time, compared to Cantlay’s four, and Rahm notes that if he had a handful of extra wins and chances on the program last period, the results for the Nicklaus Trophy might have gone in a different way. 

“Well, finishing runner-up isn’t going to feel much too very good,” Rahm said immediately after shooting a 72 his very first spherical at the Fortinet Championship. “I felt like I performed good adequate to be equipped to get paid that title, but unlucky scenarios like the a single at Memorial value me, ideal? Had I been equipped to engage in, probably win it, I think it would have tipped the balance in the direction of myself. It’s possible even enjoy in the Olympics, have a very good showing and probably even make a medal could have tipped the balance as effectively.

“It’s tricky, you know, but I can say when you have won four situations in a calendar year, you might be FedExCup winner, it truly is a incredibly deserving honor, so I am quite sure I know Patrick warrants it, but I’ll get my likelihood.”


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Rahm has even now solidified himself as the No. 1 golfer in the earth, and he’s at peace with his accolades from previous season, so he’ll use the Participant of the Yr runner-up as motivation this approaching period. 

“Absolutely, yeah. I played actually very good this past season I imply, I performed remarkable golfing,” he reported.  “And not that I wasn’t believing in myself, but I didn’t know if that was heading to be a chance for me since I was switching brands in the middle of the period. I modified truly swiftly to Callaway content, performed astounding golfing, acquired my first significant, I experienced a break-by way of gain. What could have been much better if specific regrettable scenarios did not transpire, right? I could have had possibly one additional get and the prospect to contend for a medal.

“So to think back again on the calendar year I experienced, I experienced 15, I am going to say 16 prime-10s, I’m pretty positive Memorial I would have finished leading-10, 16 leading-10s and a key earn, and as reliable as I played all calendar year and to feel it could have been far better does nothing at all but encourage me. I know I can get much better. I do delight myself on regularity, so seeing all those top-10s, it really is a career perfectly finished, but ideally following 12 months I can add a couple a lot more wins to the stats.”