Jon Rahm looks for the second victory of the year: "Rafael Nadal has us badly accustomed"

The Spaniard faces the American Categorical, in California, searching for extending the nice second. He laments that Sergio García is not going to be within the Ryder: “He doesn’t look good”

Rahm, a couple of days in the past in Hawaii.HARRY HOWGetty Photos by way of AFP

jon rahm He’s already in La Quinta (California) the place from this Thursday he’ll take part within the American Categorical, the second PGA Tour event during which he’ll compete in 2023 after his profitable debut within the event of champions in Hawaii. “My sensations are excellent and I’ve confidence in my swing. It’s extra fluid than it has been earlier than”, commented the Basque participant in a digital assembly with Spanish journalists the place he was celebrating his nice begin to the 12 months and never solely on the golf course. “Being the primary ambassador of Athletic on the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary is an honour”, he remembered proudly.

Rahm doesn’t disguise that his focus this 12 months is on the Grand Slam tournaments. Though if he might select one, he’s not positive which one he might be chosen to put his second main in his palmars. “I do not care who comes, I am not going to demand an excessive amount of of myself. I’ve a sure inner battle with the topic, I might like to be the fourth Spaniard to win the Masters or the primary Spaniard to win two identical majors since Chema (Olazbal)Being the primary Spaniard to win the PGA Championship has a sure ‘that’, so it’s tough to decide on which one, as a result of all of them have one thing crucial. However to be the primary Spaniard to win the 2 that we had by no means gained earlier than, it might be unimaginable”, he admitted, to talk subsequent about Nadal.

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“Rafa Nadal has us badly accustomed by profitable 22 majors, that doesn’t occur in golf. It’s true that final 12 months from January to August I didn’t play in addition to I might have preferred, however now plainly I’ve returned to having outcomes that I’ve had in I am not going to let you know that I will win one, two, three or 4 majors, however I wish to give myself choices”, acknowledged ‘Rahmbo’, glad with the modifications which were articulated on the PGA Tour.

The American Circuit reacted towards the delivery of the LIV, creating 17 particular occasions with 20 million {dollars} in prizes. “The modifications have been initiated by the gamers and we’re all glad and there might be extra modifications for subsequent 12 months. It makes it a little bit simpler for us to arrange the 12 months, I’ve the 17 excessive tournaments that must be performed and I’ve to decide on one other three. They virtually make the calendar for you, it is one much less headache,” he confessed.

“The Ryder shouldn’t be LIV towards PGA Tour”

One of many key occasions of the season would be the Ryder Cup in Rome, the place plainly Rahm is more and more conscious that he will be unable to compete alongside Sergio Garcia. “I’ve spoken with Sergio, it’s a disgrace. The Ryder shouldn’t be LIV towards the PGA Tour, it’s Europe towards america and I want to see that every staff had one of the best gamers they might have. I might love to have the ability to play with Sergio, I’ve already instructed him a Luke Donald that if Sergio might play, he would put the 4 video games collectively, we each go headlong. What will occur is out of my palms, the European Tour already is aware of what I believe and so does Luke. It doesn’t look good, particularly once I noticed that the Ryder Cup account on social networks congratulated a participant on January 10 and didn’t congratulate Sergio when his birthday was on the ninth.

Rahm concludes their match, already on his method to his final spherical of apply earlier than his assault on a brand new PGA Tour title.