Rahm sees a rare hat-trick red hot at Torrey Pines

Rahm sees a rare hat-trick red hot at Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm aims to join an elite club when he plays at the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines in southern California on Thursday, seeking a third straight victory.

The in-form Spaniard is off to a great start in 2023, winning the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii before claiming The American Express in California last weekend.

A third consecutive tournament victory this week, at a golf course where he won the US Open in 2021, would make Rahm the first player to win three straight PGA Tour starts since Dustin Johnson in 2017.

“I’m aware that this is very rare and I appreciate it, because if anything, it’s a very humbling feeling of how much work you have to put in to be able to do something like this because of the talent that you have,” Rahm said after Tuesday’s Pro-Am. .

“I don’t take it for granted because who knows how long until one of those (streaks) comes back.”

Only two other golfers in the last 15 years have won three consecutive tournaments: Rory McIlroy in 2014 and Tiger Woods in 2008.

If Rahm is to join that illustrious company, it will be in a field that has become a virtual home.

In addition to his big win at the US Open at Torrey Pines in 2021, the world number three also won the Farmers in 2017 and finished runner-up by just one shot at the 2020 tournament.

Since the event moved to Torrey Pines in 1968, only Tiger Woods has had a better stroke average, 69.28 in 68 rounds. Rahm’s is a fraction behind at 69.29.

“My swing confidence right now is pretty high, but you still want to work on things and try to improve,” Rahm said.

Meanwhile, Rahm praised the performance of recently retired soccer star Gareth Bale after Tuesday’s Pro-Am.

Bale, a former Real Madrid and Wales captain and a famous golf fan, impressed Rahm after Tuesday’s round.

“I told Gareth you can’t be that good at professional soccer and golf at the same time, it just doesn’t seem fair,” Rahm said. “He can’t dedicate himself to one thing and have so much talent for golf, it’s not fair in the least.”

Rahm added that Bale has not needed any advice during the nine holes on Tuesday.

“He didn’t ask for anything, nor should he ask for anything, that’s good enough,” Rahm said. “Like I said, he doesn’t have to be that good when he’s a professional soccer player.

“As soon as he’s done and can practice more, he’ll improve a lot.”

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