The golf world at large first became aware of Jon Rahm when he played in the 2015 Waste Management Open in Phoenix as an amateur, a member of the Arizona State University golf team. He finished in fifth place, just three shots behind champion Brooks Koepka. After that, he remained an amateur for over a year, capturing the top spot in the World Amateur Golf ranking for a still-record 60 weeks. He turned professional later in 2016 after the U.S. Open to much fanfare. Rahm finished third in his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National Since then, he has achieved the stardom virtually everyone expected, winning 12 times on both the PGA and European Tours and starring in Europe’s victory in the Ryder Cup in 2018. That stardom literally took a major step when he won the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, in June. In the process, he regained the world #1 ranking. Given the steady nature of his game, there is no reason to believe Rahm won’t be a major superstar for the next decade and perhaps more.
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