Rahm eyes long stint at number one

29 July 2020 21:25:37 GMTPlus10

Newly-crowned world number one Jon Rahm is delighted to be the leading player in golf and is eyeing a long stay at the top.

Rahm has had numerous chances to scale the summit of the Official World Golf Rankings and did so recently after dominating a top-class field at the Memorial Tournament, emulating his hero Seve Ballesteros in becoming only the second Spaniard to achieve that feat.

A college star, the 25-year-old Basque spent a record 60 weeks as number one amateur before turning professional in 2016.

It's an honour. It's something I set out to accomplish a long time ago.

Jon Rahm

He made an immediate impact on the PGA Tour, winning the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open just months after turning pro - the first of 11 titles he has picked up across the PGA and European Tours.

Rahm is yet to break through at Major level but has enjoyed five top-11 finishes in the last eight Majors and will hope for his time to come at next week's US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park.

Speaking to the press before this week's WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Rahm is keen to consolidate his stay at the top.

"It's an honour. It's something I set out to accomplish a long time ago," he said. "Getting here is great and I've played great golf the last few years but I can only help to think that I need to keep playing that good or better to hopefully stay here for a long time.

"It's what I've set out to be and that's a goal I think for a lot of us, trying to be consistently good and play good golf throughout our careers."

Rahm is 11.00 to win the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which starts at TPC Southwind on Thursday, and 13.00 to win the US PGA Championship.

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