Jon Rahm’s victory Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open served as a nice introduction for the 22-year-old Spaniard to the casual golf fan.
But for those who follow the sport closely, it was simply the moment they’ve been waiting for. The current generation of stars will soon have some company atop the world rankings and major championship leader boards.
That’s how much game Rahm -- the only two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award as the country’s best college golfer -- has. The former No. 1 amateur player in the world dazzled at Torrey Pines on Sunday, with a 60-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole finishing off a round of 65 that turned a close tournament into an easy win.
Count on it being the first of many to come. Rahm simply doesn’t have any weaknesses in his game.
Those aren’t my words, though. They came from none other than Phil Mickelson.
A legendary gambler, Mickelson lost, 4 and 3, to Rahm in a recent match in which Lefty shot a 66.
“Let’s just say, I will only be his partner from now on,” Mickelson told ESPN. “I haven’t been able to beat him.”
Plenty more will be saying that in the near future.