Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 3
THE WORLD RANKINGS AS DEEPLY FLAWED AS THEY ARE AND AS DEFENSIVE AND CLOSE MINDED AS THE FELLOWS WHO PUT IT TOGETHER ARE ABOUT MAKING IT REPRESENTATIVE OF WHO THE BEST PLAYERS ARE AND THE RANK IN WHICH THEY SIT. YOUR NUMBER 64 NOW WHICH
IS KIND OF ON THE BUBBLE NUMBER.
RIGHT ON THE BUBBLE.
64 PLAYERS ARE GOING TO GET INTO THE ONE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, IS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU, OTHER THEN AS A WAY OF DETERMINING HOW GOOD YOUR
PLAYING DISTINCT FROM THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS. DO YOU LET THE RANKING TAKE CARE OF ITSELF, I KNOW YOUR STILL FOCUSING ON MAJORS AS OPPOSED TO RANKINGS IN WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS.
WELL UNFORTUNATELY WHEN YOUR 64TH YOU HAVE TO CONCENTRATE A LITTLE BIT ON RANKINGS, YOU KNOW WHEN I PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA, AND FINISHED 4TH I JUMPED UP TO 57TH I FELT GREAT THAT'S GIVING ME A BREATHER I'M IN, AND NOW WHOLOP
NOW 64 AND I GOT ONE MORE TOURNAMENT TO PLAY, SO THAT PUTS YOU UNDER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE, TO SAY THE LEAST. OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT
TO MAKE BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A BIG EVENT AND IT CARRIES RYDER CUP POINTS, IT'S ALMOST LIKE TRIPLE THE SIZE OF A NORMAL EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT AT THE MOMENT, SO YOU WANT TO BE THERE TO CASH IN AND SO, ON THAT RESPECT YES I AM LOOKING AT THE RANKINGS BUT
WHEN I WAS AT THE OTHER END AT NUMBER 1 OR WHATEVER I WASN'T, IT WAS REALLY I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THE PLAYERS AROUND ME AND I'M PLAYING THE TOURNAMENT AND YOU JUST LET IT HAPPEN, YOU DON'T REALLY A , NUMBER
1 IS HARD WORK ACTUALLY, IT TAKES A LOT OF TO COPE WITH, TO HANDLE I MEAN YOU GET THERE AND YOU'VE GOT TO HANDLE IT GOING TO EVERY TOURNAMENT AND YOUR NUMBER 1
THE SPOT LIGHTS ON YOU, THE FOCUS THE YOU KNOW YOUR EXPECTED TO DO THIS AND THAT WELL IT'S FINE WHEN YOUR PLAYING WELL, IT'S GREAT THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE WITH GOLF, IF YOUR PLAYING WELL IT DOESN'T MATTER ANY
OF THAT. WHEN YOUR NOT PLAYING SO WELL IT'S A FAR MORE DIFFICULT GAME, THEN ALL THESE THING SORT OF JUMP INTO THE EQUATION.
IN WATCHING YOU PUTT THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, YOUR NOT PUTTING LIKE YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE HAVING YOUR BEST SEASON'S AND IN WATCHING HOW TENSE YOU SEEM TO BE OVER THE PUTTER AND SEEKING MAYBE MECHANICAL
PERFECTION. I'M REMINDED OF SOMETHING BOBBY JONES SAID ABOUT HIS PUTTING. THAT HE GOT INTO TROUBLE ON THE GREENS WHEN HE STARTED TO SEEK MECHANICAL PERFECTION ON THE GREENS THAT HE WOULD OF NEVER DREAMT OF
SEEKING IN ANY OTHER PART OF HIS GAME, DOES THAT HIT HOME FOR YOU AT ALL?
YEAH, IN A WAY. I MEAN, I THINK, UH, THAT YOU GO THROUGH TWO WAYS. I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG AND FREE, YOU STAND UP AND LOOK AT IT AND SEE IT AND JUST HIT IT.
AND THEN SURE ENOUGH, IF WHAT HAPPENS OVER THE YEARS YOU DO START MISSING A FEW, YOU START THINKING WHY? I MEAN, THERE ARE .
AND IF THERE IS A TECHNICAL PART, YOU GOTTA WORK ON THE TECHNICAL BIT TO GET THAT RIGHT BEFORE YOU CAN THEN START TO READ THEM WELL AND THEN FEEL THE PACE AND THAT SORT OF THING.
IT'S GETTING THE BLEND RIGHT BETWEEN ALL OF IT. I MEAN, IF YOU . ANYBODY WHO'S GOT A GOOD STROKE AND IT'S RUNNING NICE AND SMOOTHLY, AUTOMATICALLY YOU FORGET THAT, IT'S DONE. THEN YOU READ THE ... YOU JUST READ IT AND FEEL IT.
AND THEN YOU . BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT THE TECHNICAL BIT IN YOUR GRINDING AND THINGS AREN'T HAPPENING QUITE RIGHT OR WHATEVER, IT'S . YOU KNOW,
SAM SNEAD SAID, YOU KNOW, HE HITS WHAT A MILLION BALLS TO LOOK LIKE A NATURAL PLAYER. I MEAN, YOU STILL GOTTA . STILL GOTTA GO THROUGH A BIT OF TECHNICAL STUFF BEFORE IT THEN LOOKS WONDERFULLY NATURAL TO THIS GAME.
YOU KNOW, IT STOPS BECOMING NATURAL AT ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD AFTER YOUR FIRST, YOUR THIRD LESSON. I MEAN, MY SON STANDS THERE, YOU KNOW, AT FOUR HAD A WONDERFUL SWING. AND BY THE TIME HE GETS TO SIX, YOU KNOW . YOU KNOW,
HE LOST IT. AND HE NEEDS SOME HELP.
NOW YOUR LITTLE BOY WAS BORN ON BOBBY JONES' BIRTHDAY, DOES HE LOVE GOLF?
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. YEAH, HE'S A . WELL HE LOVES GOLF. HE'S A MAD SPORTSMAN AT THE MOMENT, WHICH HE'S . HE'S INTO EVERYTHING, HIS RUGBY, FOOTBALL, TENNIS, ALL THOSE, SKIING.
SO HE'S HAVING A . YOU KNOW, HE'S A BIT LIKE ME. HE'S GOT THE, UH, HAND AND EYE AND UH, JUST WANTS TO BE A SPORTSMAN, BIT LIKE ME. HE SAID TO ME, (LAUGH) .
HE SAID TO ME, WE HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WHEN WE'RE IN THE SUMMER. AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, `DAD,' HE SAYS, UH, `I WANT TO LEAVE SCHOOL LIKE YOU,' YOU KNOW,
I SAID, `BUT YOU'RE NINE. CAN WE JUST GET THROUGH A COUPLE MORE YEARS?' YOU KNOW . IT'S A .
YOU KNOW, BUT HE'S DOING WELL NOW. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE GREAT THING IS THAT THE GIRLS ARE PLAYING GOLF. THAT'S WHAT I'M EQUALLY PLEASED ABOUT. UH,
AND NATALIE ACTUALLY, SHE STARTED ONLY A YEAR AGO, SHE'S A . SHE'S GOT LIKE 3 HOURS WORTH OF HITTING BALLS. AND SHE'S GOT A WONDERFUL SWING. AND THEN LITTLE GEORGIA, WHO'S STARTED AT 5 OR WHAT HAVE YOU, AND
AND SHE STANDS IN THIS GREAT . SHE'S A TEASER. I LINE THEM ALL UP. I PUT ABOUT 6 OR 8 IN THE LINE AND SHE WALKS DOWN THE LINE GOING `DINK,' YOU KNOW.
YEAH, THEY EITHER GO ONE INCH OR 20 YARDS. AND SHE LOVES IT. `I LIKE HITTING GOLF BALLS,' SHE'D SAY. THIS IS GREAT AND `DWOING', YOU KNOW. AND THERE GOING EVERYWHERE AND SHE'S HAPPY WHICH IS .
WHICH IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE ALL GET OUT ON THE RANGE AND BLAST AWAY.
I'M GONNA CALL YOUR SON TO FIND OUT HOGAN'S SECRET. LET'S TALK TO LYNFORD IN FLORIDA. SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO ASK YOU.
LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
GOOD EVENING, PETER. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD EVENING, NICK.
LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
HOW YA DOING?
GOOD, HOW YA DOING?
LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
CALLING FROM FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA, AND UH, FORMERLY WORKED AT - IN PALM BEACH FOR MR. HENRY PICARD WHO WAS, UH, A PROT_G_ OF MR. HOGAN.
AND UH, I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIARITIES WITH YOUR INTEREST IN MR. HOGAN AND SO FORTH. AND I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT ARE VERY INTERESTING. UH,
I REMEMBER MR. HOGAN ALWAYS PRACTICED WITH THE WIND AGAINST HIM AND ON THE RIGHT. AND HE WOULD VERY MUCH BE INTERESTED IN MOVING AROUND SEMINOLE'S PRACTICE RANGES, UM, FOR BALL FLIGHT. AND HE ALWAYS TRIED TO FIND A TEE TO .
OR A TEE AREA TO HIT OVER, WHERE THERE WAS A TREE WHERE IT COULD CREATE HIS FLIGHT. AND I FOUND THAT VERY INTERESTING AS I PURSUED . AS I'VE BEEN A GOLF PROFESSIONAL FOR 28 YEARS,
THE FACT THAT WAS, UH, ONE OF HIS MOST INTERESTING TRAITS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU TRY TO CREATE MORE BALL FLIGHT OR HAD OVER YOUR INTEREST IN MR. HOGAN. AND IF YOU EVER KNEW GEORGE KNUDSON WHO FOLLOWED HIM CLOSELY.
I'D NEVER . I MET GEORGE ONCE I THINK. BUT, THAT WAS IN VERY EARLY DAYS AND WATCHING THAT HOGAN FILM, I THINK, UH, HE'S NEVER GOING TO CARRY THAT WATER.
I THINK HE HAD A BAD CADDIE. I THINK HE HAD. SO UM, .
NO, I UM .
YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY I NEVER SAW HOGAN HIT GOLF BALLS. I MEAN, I'M PICKING UP ALL THE STORIES LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE AND UH, HOW HE USED TO GO AND PLAY AND HOW HE USED TO METICULOUSLY PREPARE HIMSELF WHICH, YOU KNOW, I'VE SORT OF DONE MYSELF WITHOUT EVER TRYING TO COPY HOGAN.
YOU KNOW, I'VE NEVER TRIED TO . YOU KNOW, I'VE OFTEN GONE TO GOLF COURSES AND TRIED TO HIT A COUPLE OF DRIVES, TRY TO DRAW ONE DOWN THE LEFT AND .
WHEN I COULD DO THAT, OF COURSE. (LAUGH).
SO UM . BUT UH,
YOU KNOW, I'M JUST FASCINATED WITH THE . SOME OF THE THINGS AND THE WAY HE USED TO PRACTICE. AND SOME OF THE GUYS ON TOUR, YOU KNOW, WEISKOPF PARTICULARLY, UH,
HE WOULD SIT IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND TELL STORIES OF, YOU KNOW, HOW HE'D MARVEL AT THE WAY, YOU KNOW, HE USED TO JUST STAND UP AND HIT BALL AFTER BALL. AND UH,
YEAH, I TRY TO VISUALIZE, UH, SAME THING. I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT NOW. TO PRACTICE MORE ON THE GOLF COURSE. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I'M INTO AT THE MOMENT.
SORT OF DOING A LOT MORE SO YOU GET . YOU SEE THE HOLE MORE THAN JUST STANDING BEATING BALLS. ACTUALLY BE ON THE GOLF COURSE SO YOU SEE EVERYTHING AND YOU VISUALIZE THE SHAPE OF THE SHOTS.
AND I THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF, YOU KNOW, SETTING MY GAME, IS THE VISUALIZATION. I THINK HOGAN MUST HAVE HAD GREAT VISUALIZATION OF WHAT HE WANTED TO DO BEFORE EACH SHOT.
THAT WAS KEY WITH HIM. HE KNEW EXACTLY HOW HE WANTED TO SHAPE THE BALL AND UH, HOW HE WANTED TO WORK IT.
WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOU AS WE GO AWAY FOR JUST A MOMENT MAKING THE FIVE FOOT PUTT, UH, AT THE WORLD CUP. I KNOW YOU COULD HAVE TWO-PUTT AND STILL HAD WON, BUT YOU HAD TO HAVE WANTED IT VERY BADLY TO CLOSE THIS OFF. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AND YOU'LL TELL ME ABOUT IT.
UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
. WOULD IMAGINE HE'LL BE OVERLY FIRM, HOWEVER.
YOU BETTER TELL ME QUICK. IT'S GONNA BE OVER SOON.
TELL ME QUICK? IT WAS OUTSIDE THE RIGHT EDGE AND IT WAS JUST A NICE .
UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
HE FINISHES WITH A PAR-4 .
GET IT IN THERE . AND FORTUNATELY MY PARTNER RELEASED THE PRESSURE SLIGHTLY BY HOLING HIS PUTT. THAT WAS THE KEY BIT TO THE, UH . (HE DOESN'T FINISH SENTENCE)
UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
YEAH, THAT WAS A NICE ONE.
Golf Channel to Deliver Worldwide Coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, "The Major of Golf Business," Tueday-Friday, Jan. 23-26
Morning Drive, Golf Central to Give Viewers Insider Access to the PGA Show with Nearly 20 Hours of Live Coverage; Golf Channel’s School of Golf Instruction Program to Originate From On-Site
Golf Channel’s Portfolio of Lifestyle Brands – GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy, Revolution Golf and World Long Drive On-Site at the PGA Show Contributing to the Network’s Comprehensive Coverage
ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Golf Channel announced plans for its comprehensive coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show – the largest golf convention and business gathering in the world – with nearly 20 hours of news and instruction coverage Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Jan. 26. Golf Channel’s coverage will span across the four days, beginning Tuesday with the “PGA Show Demo Day” from the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge driving range in Winter Garden, Fla., and continuing Wednesday-Friday at the PGA Merchandise Show from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
With an insider look at the PGA Merchandise Show – a golf industry event that is not open to the public – Golf Channel’s coverage via Morning Drive and Golf Central will be delivered to a worldwide audience in more than 36 countries. Coverage will provide viewers live interviews with industry leaders, professional golfers from the world’s major tours, PGA of America members and a comprehensive overview of the latest products and trends for 2018 from some of the nearly 1,100 golf brands exhibiting on-site.
PGA Merchandise Show Week Programming Schedule: Jan. 23-26 (All Times Eastern)
7-11 a.m. (Live)
5-6 p.m. (Live)
School of Golf
7-11:30 a.m. (Live)
5-6 p.m. (Live)
8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
7-8 p.m. (Live)
8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)
7-8 p.m. (Live)
Golf Channel’s expansive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show will utilize several on-air personalities from the network’s news division, beginning with Charlie Rymer and Lauren Thompson offering coverage of the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday. In addition to Rymer and Thompson, Wednesday-Friday coverage from the PGA Show Floor will include Matt Adams, Cara Banks, Lisa Cornwell, Matt Ginella, Damon Hack, Bailey Mosier and Gary Williams.
DIGITAL & STREAMING COVERAGE
Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show on-air coverage will be available to stream via Golf Channel Digital Tuesday-Friday. Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available throughout the week, with contributions from writers Jay Coffin and Will Gray. Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGASHOW throughout the week via the network’s social media channels – @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter, @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Instagram and GolfChannel and GCMorningDrive on Facebook. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will host Golf Channel’s digital and social media coverage throughout the week.
PGA SHOW DEMO DAY COVERAGE
Golf Channel’s coverage of “Demo Day” will begin Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. ET with Morning Drive airing live and on-site to highlight the latest in golf equipment from the expansive driving range at Orange County National. Rymer and Thompson will host Morning Drive on-site, featuring interviews and product demonstrations.
PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW FLOOR COVERAGE
Coverage of the PGA Show will transition indoors to the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 24-26 to give viewers an all-access tour of the PGA Show. Morning Drive and Golf Central will provide on-site reports throughout the week, with featured interviews and segments originating from the PGA Show Floor. Coverage from the Convention Center will originate from a large, multi-purpose space elevated above the PGA Show Floor, with three set configurations for interviews, along with a putting green and a golf simulator for product demonstrations. Golf Channel also will feature a “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the PGA Show Floor, the Fly Cam will span more than 700 feet, giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of the vast floor and the exhibitors. New for 2018 will be a “Jib Cart,” a mobile cart with a camera jib affixed allowing high shots of the booths throughout the Show Floor.
SCHOOL OF GOLF KICKS OFF EIGHTH SEASON WITH ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FROM DEMO DAY
School of Golf, Golf Channel’s signature instruction program that airs on Tuesday nights, will kick off its eighth season with a one-hour special at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, airing in primetime from 8-9 p.m. ET. Originating from the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO booth on the Orange County National driving range and hosted by Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal, the show will include special guests and interactions with a live audience.
GOLF CHANNEL’S PORTFOLIO OF LIFESTYLE BRANDS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW
In addition to Golf Channel’s on-air and digital coverage, the network’s lifestyle brands – GolfNow, World Long Drive, Golf Channel Academy and Revolution Golf will showcase their services at the PGA Show with special clinics, product demonstrations and on-site activations.
GOLFNOW EXHIBITING AT BOOTH #2173
GolfNow, the industry’s leader in golf-related technology and services, will be exhibiting Wednesday-Friday from Booth #2173. In addition to showcasing advanced technologies that have created the largest tee-time marketplace in golf, GolfNow also will be educating course owners and operators about innovations and services designed to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully. GolfNow Business experts will be on hand at GolfNow’s 2,400-square-foot booth, offering its course partners technology demonstrations, as well as consultation on any of the GolfNow Services: Plus, a top-line focused consultative performance system for golf courses, including marketing, sales and automated pricing; Answers, a call center for golf courses, answering customer calls day and night; and Ride, a no-cost purchasing program that saves course operators from 6-35 percent on items they buy day-to-day, such as food, office supplies and agricultural products.
WORLD LONG DRIVE BRACKET CHALLENGE
Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, World Long Drive competitors will be at the PGA Show to compete in a World Long Drive Bracket Challenge. Hosted by Golf Channel’s social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin and airing live via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live, the competition will take place at Golf Channel’s simulator on the Show Floor featuring eight men and four women, including World No. 2 Ryan Reisbeck, No. 3 Maurice Allen, No. 5 Trent Scruggs and 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Women’s Champion Sandra Carlborg.
GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY INSTRUCTION
Wednesday-Friday, Golf Channel Academy coaches will provide on-site instruction clinics at Golf Channel’s simulator set on the Show Floor. Wednesday’s clinics will feature driving, full swing, wedge play and putting clinics. Thursday’s clinic will include the full swing and Friday’s clinic will feature the short game, all streamed live via Golf Channel Academy’s Facebook page.
REVOLUTION GOLF TO SHOOT DIGITAL INSTRUCTION SEGMENTS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW
Revolution Golf, the industry’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform delivering high-quality video-based instruction, travel content and integrated e-commerce will have a significant presence at the PGA Show. Golf Channel’s newest digital acquisition, Revolution Golf will be shooting digital segments at Demo Day and throughout the PGA Show Floor, including segments with its team of instructors.
CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:
|T20||Charles Howell III||-14||$57,754|
|T36||Tyrone Van Aswegen||-12||$27,189|
|T69||Billy Hurley III||-6||$11,623|
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.