All of us at ASU Karsten who witnessed student-athlete Jon Rahm during his time on the ASU Sun Devil golf team could tell he had the determination to win on the PGA TOUR. Powerfully built, mentally tough and a charismatic personality are just some of the attributes he brought to Tempe from his Spanish home country. And, he also brought a well-developed game that his coach, Tim Mickelson, nurtured and developed through their time together on the golf team. In 2015, playing as an amateur on a Sponsor’s Exemption at the WM Phoenix Open, Jon finished T-5. His potential star power was evident then, and now everyone knows he has arrived!
On Sunday, after less than a year and a handful of starts on the PGA TOUR, Jon Rahm has exploded onto the PGA TOUR golf scene with a sizzling final round 65 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. His “inner Seve” was evident for all to see, with bold shot decisions and precise execution.
After hitting a miraculous 227-yard 4-iron from a bunker to reach the Par 5 13th hole in two, then sinking his eagle putt, he pulled into a tie for the lead. On #17 he hit a fine tee shot and sank his putt for a birdie to go 1-up. Then, a towering 5-wood to the par 5 18th hole settled about 60-feet above the pin. He calmly stroked the downhill double-breaker that somehow curled into the cup at the last second for another eagle which sealed his 3-shot victory. His exuberance was on display for the world to see, and who could blame him? He’d come from the back of the pack at the start of the day, and lapped the field on the back 9.
After the victory, the GOLF CHANNEL caught up with Phil Mickelson. “Every part of his game is a strength,” Mickelson said. “I think he’s one of the best players in the world.” Jon’s many friends in and around Tempe couldn’t agree more!
We want to congratulate Jon Rahm on the first of what know will be many more wins on the PGA TOUR. You can catch Jon this week at the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. He may not wear an ASU Sun Devil football jersey on the famous #16 “stadium” hole as he did in 2015, but we know that his time at ASU occupies a special place in his heart. As it does in ours.