The rise of John Rahm (Spain) is unstoppable. On the US Professional Golf (PGA) Tour held in the 2022-2023 season, he continued under par for 12 consecutive rounds and achieved an amazing average of 66.3 strokes.
On the 23rd (Korean time), the 4th round on the last day of the American Express held at the PGA West Stadium Course (par 72) in La Quinta, California, USA. Rahm won with a 4-under-par 68. Until this day, all of the 12 rounds of the three regular competitions participated in the 2022-2023 season recorded under par.
Ram scored 69-62-70-69 (par 71) at The CJ Cup last October, 64-71-67-63 (par 72) at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and 64-64-64-64-64 at the American Express. He shot 65-68 (par 72). The total score recorded in the three competitions is a whopping 68 under par.
He has already won 2 wins this year alone with his ‘historical’ performance. Two weeks after the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which was held as the first tournament of the new year, he lifted the championship trophy at American Express. It was his ninth win on the PGA Tour.
Ram, who has collected two championship trophies, will go on a hunt for his third win of the season and his personal career of 10 at the Farmers Insurance Open, which opens on the 26th at Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, near San Diego, California.
Torrey Pines Golf Club, where the tournament is held, is played on two courses. The South Course is 7765 yards long, the longest among the tournament courses operated by the PGA Tour. The North course is only 7258 yards, but it is located on the Pacific coast and is subject to severe weather changes. They all operate as par 72, but you have to cut a lot of strokes when playing on relatively easy book courses. Last year, the average number of strokes in the North course was 68.769, and the average number of strokes in the South course was 73.013.
Ram was strong on this course. He won this competition in 2017, and for four years from 2019 to last year, he finished in the top ranks each time with 5th, 2nd, 7th and 3rd places. He also won the US Open at this course in 2021.
Considering Ram’s skills, which have been under par for 12 consecutive rounds this season, the possibility of winning this tournament is the highest.
Ram’s greatest strengths are his long hits and precise iron shots. In all competitions he participated in in the 2022-2023 season, 메이저사이트 he hit an average drive shot distance of 300 yards or more. He recorded 317.6 yards at The CJ Cup, 2307.5 yards at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and 315.8 yards at the American Express. His season average was 313.6 yards, 11th overall.
There is an evaluation that long hitters lack precision, but Ram’s iron shot has a reputation for precision on the PGA Tour. The average green hit rate this season is 81.02%, ranking first. In the two championships he won, he scored 84.72% and 83.33%, respectively. The fairway hit rate, which measures drive shot accuracy, is also ranked 23rd with a season average of 66.86%.
Prior to the opening of the tournament, the PGA Tour mentioned Ram first in the power rankings to predict the winning candidate and said, “He is an optimized player for Torrey Pines.” there is a hall It is advantageous to Ram.”
If Rahm, who has already won $4.6 million in three tournaments this season, wins two weeks in a row and three wins in the season, he will be the first PGA Tour to break through the $20 million mark in prize money in a single season.
Ram tied for fourth in The CJ Cup with $462,000, participated in two tournaments, Sentry Tournament of Champions ($2.7 million) and American Express ($1.44 million), winning both, adding $4.14 million in prize money. The prize money for this tournament is $1,566,000.
The most prize money in a single season on the PGA Tour was $14,046,910 set by Scotty Scheffler (USA) last season. Schaeffler won four.
The PGA Tour has increased the number of special tournaments with a total prize money of over $20 million this season to 10. Last season, there was only one. There are also four major tournaments with prize money of more than 15 million dollars left.
Rahm, who turned pro in 2016, has racked up nine wins in his career, including two wins this year, since his first win at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open. In his PGA Tour debut, he lifted the championship trophy every year from 2017 to the 2022-2023 season without missing a single season.
He also won eight victories on the European DP World Tour and the Spanish Tour. Although it is not a regular competition, he has also won the Hero World Challenge (2018), hosted by Tiger Woods (USA), where only top rankers compete.
In this tournament, in which 156 players participate, the 65th place tied after the 2nd round of 36 holes will advance to the finals. Rounds 3 and 4 are played only on the South Course.