Jon Rahm: PGA Tour Player Profile

Jon Rahm
 

Birthdate: 11/10/1994
Birthplace: Barrika, ESP
Resides: Scottsdale, AZ
College: Arizona State University
Turned Professional: 2015
2015-2016 FedEx Cup Rank: N/A
Professional Wins: 1 - 2017 Farmers Insurance Open
Honors & Accolades: N/A

Strengths

All-Around game - Jon Rahm didn’t play enough rounds during the 2015-2016 season to qualify for statistical rankings on the PGA Tour, but if he had, here’s where his stats would have ranked (it’s ridiculously good): 

  • Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee - 4th
  • Strokes Gained: Approach-The-Green: 105th
  • Strokes Gained: Around-The-Green: 16th
  • Strokes Gained: Putting: 2nd
  • Strokes Gained: Total: 2nd

Areas for Improvement

As you can see from the stats above, the only area that is holding Rahm back from being the best all-around player was his approach shots to the green. When you dive deeper, Rahm’s problem area is with his short-irons and full wedges. This is not surprising for a young player who is incredibly long off the tee. Here is where his proximity stats from the fairway would have ranked last year from inside 200 yards

  • Proximity 175 - 200 yards: 1st
  • Proximity 150 - 175 yards: 145th
  • Proximity 125 - 150 yards: 161st
  • Proximity 100 - 125 yards: 124th
  • Proximity 75 - 100 yards : 5th
  • Proximity 50 - 75 yards: 31st

A look at Jon Rahm’s Swing

Jon Rahm has a very simple swing with no wasted motion. He is able to create an unbelievable amount of lag through a tremendous down cock in his transition move. In my opinion, his physical makeup is a huge advantage. It helps him create a lot of speed with a swing that is considered 'short' by textbook standards. 

Paul Regali
PGA Teaching Professional

2016-2017 PGA Tour Season Outlook

Jon Rahm is currently on pace to have the best statistical start for any player since 2008 through 50 rounds, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise given his stellar collegiate and amateur career. His game has superstar written all over him, and I expect him to become one of the world’s best players this season. 

Jon Rahm’s path to the PGA Tour

The early days

Jon Rahm grew up in Spain where he was a force. Rahm regularly contended in the largest European Amateur events with his biggest wins coming at the 2010 Spanish Junior/Boys Championship and the 2011 Copa Baleares. His strong junior play was enough to garner a scholarship offer from Tim Mickelson’s college powerhouse Arizona State University.

The college years (2012-2016)

Once on campus, Rahm became one of the best collegiate players in the country from the day he stepped foot in the states. As a freshman, every one of Jon Rahm’s rounds counted towards Arizona State’s team score, a remarkable feat for any player, let alone a freshman. The highlight of his season was when he won the Bill Cullum Invitational and his strong play netted him a place on the All-Freshman Team as well as an All-American Honorable mention. 

As a sophomore, Jon Rahm continued his ascension into one of the world’s best amateurs when he notched a scoring average of 70.84, the best mark of any Arizona State player since the 2006-2007 team. His season was highlighted by a win at the 2014 Thunderbird Invitational and another All-American Honorable Mention nod.

The summer of 2014 saw Rahm break out in the prestigious amateur events. Rahm won the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan and the Spanish Amateur as well as made a sweet 16 run in the U.S. Amateur. 

Rahm’s hot play from the summer carried over to his Junior season with him winning the Bill Cullum Invitational, the Duck Invitational, The Thunderbird Invitational and the NCAA Regional in San Diego. Rahm was the most consistent player in the country, registering 10 top 10 finishes in the 12 events he played, good for a scoring average of 69.15, the best in the country. The awards piled up as Rahm won the 2015 Ben Hogan Award (nation’s best golfer), the McCormick Medal (#1 in world Amateur Rankings) and First Team All-American honors.

Rahm’s name hit mainstream golf appeal when he competed in the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open in the spring of 2015, where the collegiate finished in a tie for 5th, 3-shots behind winner Brooks Koepka. It was the first top 5 for an amateur in a PGA Tour event since Chris Wood’s in the 2008 Open Championship. 

Rahm’s stellar play continued in the summer of 2015 when he again won the Spanish Amateur, competed in the Palmer Cup, made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, made the cut at the 2015 Travelers Championship as well as a t10th at the OHL Classic.

Rahm spurned professional golf to return to Arizona State for his senior season and put forth another remarkable season winning the Tavistock Invitational, his 3rd straight Thunderbird Invitational, the Pac-12 Championships and won the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. His stellar season earned him his second Hogan Award (1st player ever to win two), the Jack Nicklaus Award and 1st team All-American honors. The statistic I found most impressive was that Jon Rahm finished in the top 10 of every single event of the season, 13 in total an incredible testament to his consistency. 

Rahm wrapped up his amateur career competing in the 2016 U.S. Open where he was the low-amateur and finished t23rd at the difficult Oakmont setup. 

Following his standout performance at Oakmont, Rahm turned professional. His plan was to attempt to earn a PGA Tour card via Sponsor’s Exemptions. He needed to earn enough FedEx Cup points to finish in the top 125 of the 2014-2015 season through the maximum eight sponsor’s exemptions allowed. 

It didn’t take Rahm long to accomplish the rare feat as in Rahm’s professional debut he nearly won the Quicken Loans National finishing t3rd. His top 5 earned Rahm a spot in the Open Championship where he made the cut before another near win at the RBC Canadian Open finishing t2nd. After a t25th at the Traveler’s, his card was locked up for the 2016-2017 season.

 

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