Ryder Cup 2021: Jon Rahm looks to cap ‘Amazing Year’ with Wisconsin triumph
World number one Jon Rahm will let his clubs do the talking as he wants to end an extraordinarily eventful year with a Ryder Cup triumph.
Rahm first became a father just days before the Masters in April, then led the six-stroke Memorial tournament after 54 holes before learning on the 18th green that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was due withdraw.
Fifteen days later, Rahm birdied the last two holes at Torrey Pines to win his first major US Open title, but in July he tested positive for Covid again and had to miss the Olympics from Tokyo.
“I just realized that it’s only been five and a half months since my son was born and so much has happened since then,” said Rahm on the final day of training at Whistling Straits .
“I almost feel like there have been a few years of experience in those five months. The good times, the great experiences, the happiness far outweigh the setbacks, and that’s it. what can I say about this year.
“I have become a dad. We are in a very good place from a family point of view. I am very happy at home. It is amazing. I got my first major and I have played really good golf all there. ‘year.
“No matter what happened in regards to Covid or what events I missed or what could have been, this has always been an amazing year for which I am truly grateful.
“It would be a very nice end to what has been a wonderful year (to keep the Ryder Cup). This victory in France, you make an unforgettable bond and it would be a great feeling to be able to do that in my first try. in my case on American soil as well. “
Rahm won only one of three games on his Paris debut, but it was the first European victory in singles as the United States tried to retaliate and came up against some major winner 15 times, Tiger Woods.
The 26-year-old was ranked eighth in the world at the time, but ended the year with a victory in the Woods event in the Bahamas and has had seven more victories since, his victory at the Memorial Tournament in 2020 bringing him to the world number one. for the first time.
When asked if his position as the only European player in the world top 10 means that he will now be a leader in the squad hall, Rahm said: “I’m ready for this. It’s a challenge. which I look forward to.
“There are a lot of experienced players on my squad who know how to do it and I’m ready to add my name to this squad. I’m not actively going to be said ‘Hey I’m a leader now’ because I don’t. don’t have such a massive ego.
“I’m going to let my ball do the talking and leave the speeches to the guys who have been doing it for a long time.”
One of those players is Lee Westwood, 48, who will tie Nick Faldo’s record of 11 Ryder Cup appearances this week, 24 years after partnering with Faldo at Valderrama.
“It’s really cool to see all these great players, people who have been doing this for a very long time,” added Rahm. “I mean, when Lee first played the Ryder Cup, I wasn’t even three years old yet.
“Seeing all of those great people who have accomplished so much come together with a smile that only a team event like the Ryder Cup can bring to you, a youthful excitement that you usually don’t expect from a 48-man. years is very special.
“And this is something that I wish everyone could see because I feel like we miss it a lot in life, and a week like this can definitely give you back that youth in that sense. , mentally.
“Even though I’m still 26, I’m very young. It always takes me back to when I was a kid hoping to play in the Ryder Cup when I was a kid representing Spain and how I felt at the time, obviously amplified a hundred times in this situation.