Jon Rahm admits he had considered withdrawing from this week’s RBC Heritage tournament following his Masters win but wants to honour the commitment he made to play in the event and he will celebrate next week.
Jason Day, Will Zalatoris and Rory McIlroy are three high profile withdrawals from the $20 million Hilton Head event at Harbour Town and while Rahm is feeling fatigued after a marathon Masters week he is seeing it from the children’s point of view.
“It did cross my mind. It did cross my mind, but I made a commitment earlier in the year, and I want to honour that commitment,” said the Spaniard who was initially unhappy about being obligated to play in all but one of the designated events this season.
“I also, talking to Kelley, I put myself in the shoes of not only the spectators, but the kids as well. If I was one of the kids, I would want to see the recent Masters champion play good or bad, just want to be there.”
Rahm became the first European golfer to win the US Open and the Masters on Sunday and he hopes to add a chequered jacket to his green one this week and feels he can work his way into the tournament.
“I still intend to hopefully do the jacket double and taking this one home. I’m not going to parade myself, right? But it did cross my mind, and obviously I think it would have crossed anybody’s because I was so tired. But that’s why I decided to come in yesterday afternoon and take it easier and just give my body a rest before I got into competition mode.
“I think it’s going to be opposite to most tournaments. I feel like I’m going to be feeling better every day. So I think it could be a little challenging early on, but if I can get through the first two days, I think on the weekend I’ll feel back to normal.”
Rahm will be joined in the field by Seamus Power and Shane Lowry.
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