Rahm feels unbeatable when firing on all cylinders

Ronan MacNamara

Jon Rahm (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Jon Rahm is enjoying the competition for world number one with Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler but insists when he has his ‘A’ game, he is unbeatable.

Rahm, McIlroy and Scheffler have each had stints at the summit of world golf over the last 19 months with the Spaniard ascending to the top after his fifth win in nine starts at the Genesis Invitational to leapfrog Scheffler.

Asked if anyone can beat him when firing on all cylinders Rahm answered emphatically, “no.” The former US Open winner doesn’t believe he needs to be at his best to keep on winning either.


“The thing is, you don’t need to be firing on all cylinders to win. I actually had a conversation similar to this with Tiger. I asked him, Out of the 82 wins on the PGA TOUR, I didn’t get into the other ones, how many times do you think you played your best all four days? And he said, Three at most. Right? A lot of those Sundays he played his best, but the whole week, very few.

“Well, 2000 U.S. Open, 2000 Open Championship, and I think you can pick any other 2000 win. Those two, I kind of brought up and he said he agreed to those two. I don’t know what other one.”

Rahm was full of praise for McIlroy’s game, describing it as “a thing of beauty” while he also admired Scheffler’s ability to churn out good scores when he seems off his game.

“I mean, they’re both great competitors, great, great competitors. Rory, it’s hard to say anything about Rory that hasn’t been said already. When he’s firing on all cylinders, it’s a thing of beauty. The way he hits the ball and his ball flight off the tee, especially, is quite unique.

“Scottie, I would say he has a great ability to post a really good score. There’s a lot of times where I’ve played with him and maybe it doesn’t look the prettiest, but you end up the round and, oh, 67. It’s pretty remarkable.

“Obviously both great players, both great champions, both of ’em work really, really hard at their game. That’s what I would say about each one. I know we mention Rory’s driving all the time, but it really is something to admire when you see it in person.”

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