Rahm eyes big-stage improvement

21 December 2017 20:01:44 GMTPlus11

Despite a brilliant season, Spanish rising star Jon Rahm still came up short in the Majors and he will be aiming to turn that around in 2018.

The Spanish sensation teed off in his first event of 2017, the CareerBuilder Challenge, as the World No. 137. He ended it ranked fourth, above the likes of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose.

I have gotten to the first tee with too much pressure on myself.

Jon Rahm

His charge up the rankings was fuelled by victory in the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in late January and European Tour victories in July's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Rahm also flourished in the World Golf Championship events, finishing tied third in the WGC-Mexico Championship and reaching the final of the WGC-Match Play before losing to Dustin Johnson.

However, it was a different story at the Majors.

Fancied to make a big impact on his debut in the Masters, Rahm had so settle for tied 27th and it got worse after that. He missed the cut by a distance in the US Open, was only tied 44th in the Open Championship and was way down in tied 58th at the USPGA Championship.

Speaking about his disappointing performances, Rahm reflected: "I have gotten to the first tee with too much pressure on myself, trying to control too much, trying to play good, trying to do more than I need to do.

"Every player has a formula and I think finding that formula is one of the most critical things when it comes to Major championships - after one year I still don't know what my formula is.

"I haven't played my best golf in the Majors and you know, hopefully, what I'm doing next year, which is resting the week before for most of them helps out."

Rahm is 23.00 to win the Masters at Augusta, 21.00 for the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, 19.00 to land the Open Championship at Carnoustie and 21.00 for the USPGA Championship at Bellerive.

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