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Who is Jon Rahm?

He’s a two-time major champion and now a LIV Golf star, but who is Jon Rahm? Find out more with our player profile on the Spaniard…

 

Jon Rahm is following in the footsteps of Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia, and he is destined to be the next Spanish great of the game.

He represented his native Spain through his amateur career, winning the European Boys’ Team Championship and the European Amateur Team Championship for his country. He then attended Arizona State University, winning 11 collegiate tournaments. Rahm won the Ben Hogan Award twice, and was the world’s leading amateur at the end of 2015, seeing him earn the Mark H. McCormack Medal. He spent 60 weeks as the No 1 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings, which was a record prior to Keita Nakajima breaking it in 2022.

Rahm has since gone on to be the World No.1 in the professional game as well, becoming just the third man to reach the top of both rankings. The Spaniard has won five Rolex Series events, the most of anyone in history. Those included three victories at the DP World Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, with his 2019 win also seeing him win the season-long Race to Dubai.

The Spaniard also has 11 wins on the PGA Tour, with the first of those coming at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017. Rahm has gone on to win two major titles, claiming both the US Open in 2021, and the Masters Tournament in 2023. He also has top five finishes in both the PGA Championship and the Open Championship.

Rahm started 2023 in an incredible vein of form, winning four tournaments in four months, culminating in his victory at the Masters Tournament at Augusta. He also won the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the American Express and Genesis Invitational, as he battled with Scottie Scheffler to be the sport’s World No 1.

At the end of 2023, the Spaniard made the blockbuster move to become LIV Golf’s newest major signing. He captains the brand new Legion XIII quartet in the 2024 LIV Golf campaign, with Ryder Cup teammate Tyrrell Hatton joining prior to the start of the season.

Jon Rahm | An Overview

Personal Information

Name: Jon Rahm Rodriguez
Born: November 10, 1994
Nationality: Spain
Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Career

College: Arizona State University
Turned Pro: 2016
Professional Wins: 20
Highest World Ranking: 1 – July 19, 2020

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
– Masters Tournament – WON (2023)
– PGA Championship – T4 (2018)
– US Open – WON (2021)
– Open Championship – T2 (2023)

Professional Wins – 20

2017 (3) – Farmers Insurance Open, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, DP World Tour Championship
2018 (3) – CareerBuilder Challenge, Open de Espana, Hero World Challenge
2019 (4) – Zurich Classic, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Mutuactivos Open de Espana, DP World Tour Championship
2020 (2) – Memorial Tournament, BMW Championship
2021 (1) – US Open
2022 (3) – Mexico Open, Acciona Open de Espana, DP World Tour Championship
2023 (4) – Sentry Tournament of Champions, The American Express, Genesis Invitational, Masters Tournament

Achievements and Awards

Ben Hogan Award – 2015, 2016
Mark H. McCormack Medal – 2015
Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year – 2017
Race to Dubai Champion – 2019
European Tour Golfer of the Year – 2019, 2021
European Tour Players’ Golfer of the Year – 2019
PGA Player of the Year – 2021
Vardon Trophy – 2021
Byron Nelson Award – 2021

Jon Rahm | What’s In His Bag?

Rahm is a Callaway staff member, and plays a full Callaway bag with Odyssey putter. You can see Jon Rahm’s entire what’s in the bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) About Jon Rahm

When and where was Jon Rahm born?

Jon Rahm was born on November 10, 1994, in Barrica, Biscay, Spain. It was the 1997 Ryder Cup that got his family into golf, with Rahm’s father seeing live golf for the first time at Valderrama. Rahm then started playing at the age of 6.

How many major titles does Jon Rahm have?

Rahm is a two-time major winner. His maiden major victory came at the U.S. Open in 2021, before then putting on the Green Jacket after winning the Masters Tournament in 2023.

Who is Jon Rahm married to?

The Spaniard married Kelley Cahill in 2019, with the pair having met during their time at Arizona State University. They have two children, Kepa Cahill Rahm and Eneko Cahill Rahm.

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Jon Rahm with wife Kelley and their two sons Kepa Cahill Rahm and Eneko Cahill Rahm in January 2023

Did you Know?

Rahm was born with a ‘Club Foot’

Rahm’s short backswing is due to being born with a club foot. The Spaniard had to have his right leg re-casted every week in the first few months of his life. A lack of mobility in his right ankle led him to using the shorter backswing, one which has seen him win major titles.

Tim Mickelson recruited Rahm to Arizona State

Jon Rahm went to college at Arizona State University, but it was Phil Mickelson’s brother, Tim, who was the man who recruited him. He was the Sun Devils men’s golf coach at the time and Mickelson made Rahm and another Spanish-speaking teammate do 10 burpees for every Spanish word they used, in an attempt to make them learn English faster.

Amateur and Professional World No 1

Rahm is part of a select group to have been at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings and the Official World Golf Rankings. Only Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have also achieved the feat in the men’s game.

One of Four Spanish major champions

Rahm’s win at the 2021 US Open saw him become just the fourth male Spaniard to win a major championship. Only Severiano Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia had done so before him. All four have won at Augusta National.

Other Jon Rahm Articles

Jon Rahm: ‘I would do whatever I can’ to make Ryder Cup

Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton offered renewed Ryder Cup hope by DP World Tour chief

Jon Rahm still loves the PGA Tour and missing events ‘isn’t the easiest’

Jon Rahm takes issue with LIV format: ‘I wouldn’t mind going back to 72 holes’

Jon Rahm is ‘confident’ of a LIV Golf victory at the Masters

Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton must ‘jump hurdles’ to play another Ryder Cup

‘There is a way of co-existing’: Jon Rahm calls for PGA Tour-LIV Golf peace deal

Follow the rules and you’re in: Donald’s Ryder Cup messages to Rahm and Hatton

Legion XIII confirmed as new LIV team with Rahm and Hatton

Has Jon Rahm opened the LIV floodgates?

PGA Tour suspends Jon Rahm following LIV switch

Jon Rahm: PGA Tour players feel betrayal after PGA-PIF merger

Has Jon Rahm solved the PGA Tour’s slow play problem?

Jon Rahm: I will miss Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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