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2022: Jon Rahm
Short odds favourites are not everybody’s cup of tea in any sport and that is probably even more the case in golf, with events typically having fields of around 150. Winning a professional event takes a relentless amount of world class golf and more than a little bit of luck along the way, so there wasn’t much to excite punters about Jon Rahm going off as a 5/1 favourite for the Mexico Open. Apart, of course, from the fact that he has been the best golfer in the world for the vast majority of the last 12 months and the field was, by the high standards of the PGA Tour, relatively weak.
Rahm has had the odd wobble in recent months with his game falling slightly below his extremely impressive levels. He must have, therefore, been concerned about the standard of his play – particularly his putting – when looking to close out the 54 hole lead. Rahm is a tremendous fighter as well as a generational talent though and he was up to the challenge, eventually winning the Mexico Open by one shot from Brandon Wu.
“Stressful” was the word Rahm used to describe his win during his post-round media obligations. Blissful was a more accurate description of the photos that accompanied his win though as he celebrated the win with his pregnant wife Kelly and his young son Kepa. This was Rahm’s first win of the 2021/22 season and his first victory where he led at the end of every round, which augurs well for the big tournaments to come. The PGA Championship starts on the 19th May, with the US Open following less than a month later, so now is a great time for the Spaniard to be rediscovering his best golf.