After getting rid of his 4th win in his last 6 globally begins at the American Express, Jon Rahm was asked what various other professional athletes he values for just how they deal with success.
It’s a reasonable concern to ask the guy that is the most popular golf player on earth. No one has actually defeated Rahm in 2023. He’s a incorporated 54 under in 2 occasions, both success and also, returning even more, he’s just completed outside the leading 10 as soon as because August.
Rahm claimed it was a “very long list,” however the one he called initially, stood out: the late Los Angeles Lakers tale, Kobe Bryant.
“I spent a lot of time listening to a lot of his interviews and videos because I see a lot of similarities between us in the way we approach our craft,” Rahm claimed. “Because craft is the keyword for Kobe. And having that obsessiveness that we both have over the game. It’s somebody to learn from, for sure. Work ethic beats talent every day of the week, period. And I like to think that I have a really hard work ethic and I put a lot of time in.”
Bryant had not been the only individual he raised. He stated his individual buddies 23-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps and also Arizona Cardinals gamers J.J. Watt and also Zach Ertz, however it should not be unexpected Bryant was the initial one he called.
It’s likewise intriguing Rahm obtained asked that concern this week.
He turned up at the American Express apparently a guy on a objective: He had not been mosting likely to be defeated by any individual.
He would certainly been singing, for months, regarding just how he was obtaining the brief end of the stick to the current adjustments to theOfficial World Golf Ranking Despite his impressive run in his last 10 occasions, he’s relocated just fromNo 6 toNo 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Rahm hasn’t specifically been silent regarding his viewpoint on the position, up until today.
He really did not discuss it as soon as in his pre-tournament interview or any kind of various other time throughout the week. He also skipped a possibility to talk about it when a press reporter referenced it, claiming, “Despite what some computers might say.”
That concern had to do with whether Rahm might preserve his run of supremacy.
This time Rahm funnelled Bryant’s Mamba Mentality, verifying his very own fixation with developing his craft.
“In my mind, I feel like I can get a lot better,” Rahm claimed. “I feel like that’s the mentality I should have. Again, I work very hard to do what I do. I could find mistakes in every single round I’ve played. Very few times I would say I’ve played a flawless round.”
Despite his efficiency, it’s not in fact that difficult to choose concerns Rahm had today. He delayed midway via his 3rd round when he rapidly leapt out in the lead. His putts quit dropping after the mug was apparently as large as a basketball when he was 24 under via 48 openings.
The putts had difficulty dropping Sunday as well also when Rahm claimed he believed they were entering.
“On 5, 7, 8, 10, 15, 17 and 18, all of those putts were good,” he claimed. “All of them looked like they were dead center with two feet to go and just at the end they just missed.”
His round striking, on the various other hand, was otherwordly today. Rahm completed sixth in Strokes Gained: Tee- to-Green for the event, however that’s deceptive since the initial 2 programs he played really did not have Strokes Gained information. He missed out on simply 12 environment-friendlies all week.
“If I can keep that going and the ball striking at the level that I know I can, I know I can get better,” he claimed. “Again, it’s my job to try to do the best I can and so far I’m doing a pretty good job.”
Like Bryant, Rahm isn’t mosting likely to quit attempting to improve, and also while he would not claim it, he’s obtained a distinct possibility today to ride energy towards the leading place on the planet positions.
Next week’s occasion at the Farmers Insurance Open begins early, on Wednesday and also Rahm has background atTorrey Pines He scratched his initially win there in 2017 and also his largest win at the united state Open in 2021.
“If I can keep hitting it off the tee and my iron game keeps staying at this level I’m going to have a really good chance at that golf course,” Rahm claimed. “So I can’t help to smile because, again, it’s a very, very emotional week every time I go. In a very good way. It’s a very special place in my heart.”
He was in a similar way favorable on Thursday when inquired about his opportunities. He was still 2 shots back at the time.
We all saw just how that ended up.