09/24/2021 at 6:24 AM CEST
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The Spanish Jon rahm, number one in the world, and Sergio garcia They will open the Ryder Cup this Friday in the presentation of the European team against the Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Next will play Dustin Johnson and Collin Morikawa against Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland; Brooks Koekpa and Daniel Berger vs. Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick. Then Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele versus Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.
Spieth and Thomas teamed up for the four two-man games in Paris three years ago and finished 3-1. Schauffele and Cantlay finished 2-2 together in the 2019 Presidents Cup. McIlroy and Poulter are 2-1-1 together throughout their Ryder Cup careers.
Rahm and Garcia have never played in competition together. The European team completed their final day of practice today and the trophy begins on Friday at Whistling Straits with the European champions trailing 1-2 in the stakes.
The United States have lost nine of the last twelve meetings against Europe, although local Tony Finau said he sees a culture change in the American team, largely because six players are making their first appearance at the event and have all the enthusiasm of debut with triumph.
Friday’s winds are expected to reach a speed of 40 kilometers per hour, which will only add difficulty to a link-like course along Lake Michigan, which is one of the most difficult these players face. But they could also come across some good news on the road as Chris Zugel, the Course Maintenance Manager at the Whistling Straits Golf Course, said. According to Zugel, the ‘rough’ on the course remains lower than the average stop on the tour: “Quite similar to what you would find at your local golf course,” which will be of great help to players.
Spaniards on the Ryder
The figure of the Spanish golfer Jon rahm was especially enlarged during 2021, in which he also had the biggest setbacks off the field, but all of this will be of great value in putting it into perspective when tomorrow, Friday, he begins his second Ryder Cup appearance with the Europe team. The way he got through each moment allowed Rahm to leave his stormy temper behind and now he is trying to take his place as a stabilizing force for Europe, a state that would naturally come with being the best player in his country, his continent and the world.
When top ranked Rahm steps onto the Whistling Straits for his second Ryder Cup appearance on Friday, he will also step into the shoes that have been filled by the mythical and legendary. Seve Ballesteros, Sergio García -his partner in the first couples session tomorrow, Friday-, and other great Spaniards who instill passion in this event. He will also take the place of Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who was the last European player to reach these matches as world number one, in 2014.
Above all, however, he will put himself in the shoes of Jon Rahm, a pair with whom he feels increasingly comfortable after a dizzying year full of life-changing triumphs and some major setbacks, both on and off the fields of Golf. “I just realized that it’s only been 5 and a half months since my son was born,” Rahm stated, “and so much has happened since then … It almost feels like it’s been a couple of years of experiences in those. five months”.
In that short time since Rahm’s son Kepa was born the weekend before the Masters, the world number one took a six-shot lead after the third round of the Memorial, only to have as he walked off the field. communicate that he had to have given positive in covid-19 and had to withdraw. Rahm responded by traveling to Torrey Pines and winning the US Open for his first major title then tying for third at the British Open and began preparing for a trip to Tokyo and the Olympics, but never made the flight after that. two negative pretests were followed by a third that was positive.
He also tied American Kevin Na for the best score (14 under par) of the 30 players in the Tour Championship earlier this month, but officially finished second due to the FedEx playoff scoring system he gave Patrick Cantlay. a four-shot lead over Rahm to start the week. Rahm still pocketed five million dollars for his second place and finished at the top of the world rankings. Still he won the Vardon Trophy, which goes to the player with the lowest scoring average of the year. But he presumably came second, behind Cantlay, in the Player of the Year vote, a result he said motivates him, and which he believes might have been different if he could have closed out the victory at the Memorial, which Cantlay ended up winning.
That setback, none of them, in fact, seems so irritating to him considering the big picture: His family is healthy and he has a good life at his home in Arizona and a game of golf that is getting better and better. “I think it’s very easy in life to focus on what could have been and what didn’t have,” Rahm reflected. “But it’s good to realize all the positive things that happened and forget about those (other) negative moments.”
The Rahm win over Tiger Woods Singles was the highlight of his Ryder Cup debut outside of Paris three years ago. At the time, he was in the top 10, but he was not as well known for his game or potential as for his seething temper. In one notable case, he responded to a foul-mouthed collapse at the 2017 US Open. He was also caught with an open microphone while berating his caddy after missing a shot at the 2019 Players’ Championship.
A debate ensued on when Rahm would control his temper to reach his full potential or if he needed him in the face of being a natural successor in a line of Spanish fans who have sparked the Ryder Cup over the years. But that, so far, hasn’t been Rahm’s role on the European team, which already has its share of angry veterans, including Ian Poulter, 45, and Garcia, 41. Rahm is 26 years old. “As a Spaniard, it is good to see how it has evolved and grown, as well as being better and better,” Garcia said. “And you could see that he was heading towards that bright side with his game.”
None of this, of course, means that these next three days at Whistling Straits are worthless for Spain’s next great player. No player, especially any Spanish player, will quit golf without a thorough examination of his history as a Ryder Cup contributor. When asked about the possibility of winning this week on foreign soil, Rahm enthusiastically responded that “It would be a very pleasant ending for what a wonderful year it has been. “