Jon Rahm isn’t surprised by stars very often.
And why should you? The Spanish is the star in most rooms now. After all, at 28, Rahm already has one major championship and nine wins on both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour.
Ahead of this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, where he won his first Tour event in 2017 and his first major at the 2021 US Open, Rahm was part of a star-studded pro-am group that included ESPN’s Michael Collins, golf content creator Tisha Alyn and a soccer player who has caused Rahm quite a bit of stress for more than the past decade.
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“He’s the reason Real Madrid beat my team for practically 10 years, one of the reasons,” Rahm said of Gareth Bale, who recently retired from international and club football after a world-class career spanning saw him dominate for the Spanish titans. Real Madrid, as well as England’s Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales National Team. “I told Gareth, you can’t be that good at (football) and golf at the same time, it just doesn’t seem fair. You can’t dedicate yourself to just one thing and have so much talent for golf, it’s not fair in the least.”
“He didn’t ask for anything, nor should he ask for it, that’s good enough already,” Rahm said deliriously. “He took two hits, which I think is bad enough. He should be hitting back at the rest of the fans because he’s a very, very good player.”
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High praise from a man looking to win his third straight PGA Tour start and comes into this week’s event riding a four-win streak in his last six starts around the world. Now No. 3 in the world, Rahm has finished no worse than T-8 in his last seven races and has a knack for finishing high at Torrey Pines. Since his win in 2017, Rahm has finished T-29, T-5, 2, T-7 and T-3 on the California coast course.
“We had a great time, we had a great nine holes,” Rahm continued. “I wish every time I played a pro-am I had such an entertaining crowd because those nine holes went by so fast and they had a lot of laughs.”
The story originally appeared on GolfWeek