Jon Rahm has racked up a whole host of tournament wins since turning professional in 2016. In April 2023, Rahm added a Masters victory to his impressive catalogue. He is one of the best in the business right now, and the Spaniard is looking for even more success in 2023 and beyond.
Rahm Lived Up to the Billing
Rahm is right at the top of the golf betting odds ahead of pretty much every competition he enters these days. He is currently the 3/1 favourite to win the Mexico Open. When placing the Masters bets this year, many would have had him down as their favourite to go on and lift the trophy, and Rahm did exactly that.
The first major of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season was a thrilling one. Rahm made a solid start and took control in the final round. He held his nerve at the end to shoot -12 and secure a 4-stroke victory over American duo Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson.
Goodnight from the 87th Masters Tournament. #themasters pic.twitter.com/fENI5BFkU0— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 10, 2023
In doing so, Rahm became the first European winner of the Masters since compatriot Sergio Garcia won the 2017 version. Rahm became the fourth player from Spain to win the tournament and the first golfer from Europe to win the Masters and the U.S. Open. Rahm took Scottie Scheffler’s Masters crown, as the New Jersey-born ace ran out winner in 2022. Those two have built up quite the rivalry in recent years.
How Far Can the Spaniard Go?
Rahm has had a tremendous 2022-23 campaign up to now. His first victory of the season came at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January. His second success of the campaign and his ninth overall PGA victory came in The American Express in Californian just a few weeks later.
Practice almost done ✅— Jon Rahm Rodriguez (@JonRahmpga) April 5, 2023
Ready to get going this week – vamos! pic.twitter.com/EMDIz6jbQ7
Before clinching the first major of the season, the 28-year-old added the Genesis Invitational to his trophy cabinet and took the world No. 1 spot. Rahm had another outstanding tournament, edging out Max Homa by 2 strokes to secure the win. Rahm became the first Genesis winner from Europe since Nick Faldo prevailed way back in 1997.
Rahm has really come of age over the past few years. Looking back on an excellent 2020-21 campaign, the Biscay-born ace won the PGA Player of the Year accolade alongside the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award. His first major success came at Torrey Pines in June 2021, as Rahm shot two birdies on the final two holes to win the U.S. Open. Rahm also played his part for Team Europe in the 2021 Ryder Cup in Wisconsin. He scored 3-1-1 but USA picked up a 19-9 win.
With several big tournaments still to come this season, Rahm will be looking for even more success. The Spanish star will have his eyes on more gold this year, but can he win another major before the season is out? Rahm has become the man to beat on the PGA Tour, and time is certainly on his side.