Rahm questions rankings: ‘I feel like the best player in the world’

John Craven
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Jon Rahm (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jon Rahm has questioned the merits of the Official World Golf Rankings following his latest victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The Spaniard was relentless on Sunday in Kapalua, firing a 10-under par round of 63 to take advantage of a Collin Morikawa collapse and win the $2.7m title.

Rahm’s now enjoyed three wins in his last five starts, also ticking off titles at the Spanish Open and the DP World Tour Championship with a T4 finish at the CJ Cup and a T8 at the Hero World Challenge sandwiched in between.

Yet for all Rahm’s feats of fairway brilliance, the 28-year old has remained in fifth place on the rankings throughout that spell of dominance, something Rahm has understandably questioned since his latest win.

“Oh, I definitely do, yeah,” Rahm said when asked if he wanted to reclaim his number one ranking. “And had they not changed the World Ranking points, I would have been pretty damn close right now.

“At this point I’m thinking, ‘will I pass Patrick Cantlay?’ Because since the playoffs, I have not missed a top 7. I’ve won three times, and I don’t even get close to him. So I’m trying to understand what’s going on?

“But in my mind, , and I think a lot of us should feel like a lot of times we’re the best. Earlier in the year clearly Scottie (Scheffler) was that player, then Rory (McIlroy) was that player, and I feel like right now it’s been me.

“Anybody any given year can get a hot three, four months and get to that spot. It’s the level of golf we’re at nowadays. It is what it is. It’s very difficult to stay up there and it requires a lot of golf.

“But we’re all working hard. I know everybody’s putting in a lot of effort to try to stay there as long as possible. But to answer that, yes, I want to be back up there because it’s something you want to do, obviously. But you need to play good and win tournaments, nobody’s going to give it to you.”

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One response to “Rahm questions rankings: ‘I feel like the best player in the world’”

  1. Bill Lawlor avatar
    Bill Lawlor

    Hi Peter,
    Good piece by John Craven on Morikawa
    and his sudden drop at Kapalua. Brendan did not think much of Kapalua last year!
    Abu Dhabi and Our Man is out there this week with Conor Stone,
    feeling good, and will see Shane and Ro at the weekend. Collin is coming off a poor 22 by his standards and as you know B hates Runner-ups!
    Herald Scotland piece today on the Road ahead for Disability Golf, with Tony Bennett, no mention of Prize Fund!

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