In golf, as in many other things in this world, nothing is usually what it seems. This is a sport full of incredible stories, successes and misfortunes that are impossible to guess. But sometimes, and only sometimes, what’s there is exactly what it seems. In jon rahm He’s felt it since his college days, when he became one of the best players in the history of America’s distinguished golf program. state of arizonaa golfer of the most absolute elite, a great champion.

The omens were confirmed year after year. Three wins (two in Europe, including the tour final, and one in North America) at 16/17, his first full PGA season; two on 17/18; four on 18/19; his first major, the US Open, on 20/21; three on 21/22 and there are already four including Augusta on 22/23. Excluding the Hero World Challenge 2018, an unofficial tournament, and Ryder that same year, that’s 19 wins in six seasons (11 in the PGA, the same as Sergio GarcĂ­a) and a half in the elite. And on big stages like Torrey Pines, La Quinta, Riviera… and the most special of all, Augusta, confirming him as one of the chosen ones for this sport.

‘Tigerian’ numbers that put Rahm at the table of the great contemporary golfers. actually alone Tiger improves your winning percentage in world ranking tournaments by around 12%. Statistics regularly rank him as a total player: among the best off the tee, among the best on the approach and, with more ups and downs, among the best shots.

He has now been at the top of the world rankings for 46 weeks, and has played for two teams ryder Europeans. In his debut, in the 2018 victory, he knocked Tigre down in a vital point for the Old Continent. He repeated in 2021, already becoming one of the spiritual leaders in the tough defeat at Whistling Straits, and will be back in September at Marco Simone, in Rome, where he will be the right eye of captain Luke Donald, alongside McIlroy. With the Masters he is one PGA away, uncharted territory for Spanish golf for now, and one British Open away from completing the Grand Slam, something only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and Bobby Jones.

A film of marriage and parenthood

It wasn’t just years of professional consolidation for Rahmbo. He also finished building his personal life. He married Kelley Cahill at a cinematic wedding, a college love story come true, in December 2019 in Bilbao. In April 2021, the couple’s firstborn, Kepa, was born, and in August 2022, the second, Eneko, arrived. The family lives in Scottsdale, on the outskirts of Phoenix, where their story began and where the Phoenix Open is located, one of the most special events on the circuit for Jon, who played the legendary 16th hole wearing an Arizona jersey.

Barrika’s winning streak has, of course, put him in a less comfortable financial situation. He has already pocketed more than 45 million dollars (just over 40 euros). Only in prizes, not to mention what sponsors contribute to him, which over time have occupied different spaces in his clothing, including Mercedes, Rolex or Blue Yonder. In late 2020, it took a turn at the supplier level, switching from Adidas to Travis Matthew for apparel and TaylorMade to Callaway for the bag. Without metrics of the influence that this last change may have had on everyone, the truth is that nothing has gone wrong since then. If he was already emerging as one of the best golfers in the world, at this point, April 2023, he is simply the best.