Since the first Masters was performed in 1934, solely three gamers have managed to win their first two Grand Slams in a row: the American Craig wooden (Masters and US Open 1941), the South African Bobby locke (British Open of 1949 and 1950) and the American Jordan sppieth (Masters and US Open of 2015).
Jon rahm will attempt to be part of this prestigious record beginning this Thursday (Movistar Golf) in the British that begins in the Royal St. George’s, on Sandwich (England) with a triumph that might permit him to turn into the first golfer since (he’s the nice absentee) Tiger Woods in 2000 who wins the US Open and the British Open the similar 12 months.
The Basque, in his fifth participation in the final ‘massive’ 2021, can even attempt to attain his fourth prime 10 in the 4 Grand Slams this 12 months. Jon was fifth in the Masters, tied eighth in the PGA and champion at the US Open in Torrey Pines. It will be the fifth in a row, since at the Masters in November 2020 he was additionally prime 10.
Subsequently, many challenges for Rahm, though maybe what he’s most enthusiastic about is elevating the Silver Jug on whose base the identify of his idol seems thrice (1979, 1984, 1988): the ill-fated Seve Ballesteros.
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“It’s one thing that doesn’t often occur and it’s one thing distinctive that’s the reason golf is so completely different. It will be an honor to be the first Spaniard to win two ‘majors’ in a 12 months and to have the ability to win an Open since the final one in Seve ”, says Rahm, recalling the three victories of Ballesteros and the ambition for one more Spaniard to raise the ‘Claret Jug’ 43 years later.
“Don’t suppose I don’t suppose so. I’m fairly bold and sure that’s in thoughts. The one benefit of having received a ‘massive’ is that expectations change a bit. At the least I’ve received one and now we’re going for the subsequent one ”, he says.
Already in Scotland final week Rahm gave hints of what can occur from at the moment on this hyperlinks of the English southeast coast, which can have an viewers in the stands after the painful cancellation of 2020.
“General it was a good week. Not what I anticipated, as a result of I used to be ready to play a lot worse than I did, so I’m completely satisfied to have began taking part in so effectively and to reach in good condition right here, ”stated the Basque, a nice fan of hyperlinks.
“It’s a must to make your individual recreation and consistently be taught from the area. There’s extra selection in golf, the ever-changing wind and climate situations and the situation of the course, too. It’s what makes it such a fantastic week each time you come to the UK. I’ve at all times loved it, ”provides Jon.
Sandwich breaks the monopoly
It must be famous that Royal St. George’s was the first English hyperlinks that the British hosted for the first time in 1894. From 1860 till that 12 months Prestwick the first twelve consecutive editions, Saint Andrews, Musselburgh and Muirfield (he slipped into the record of three in 1891 ), all of them in Scotland, hosted the oldest ‘main’ on the golf calendar. It’s an genuine par 70 marketing campaign that skilled a spectacular three-way match in 1993 between Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer, resolved with the triumph of the ‘white shark’. At Royal St. George’s they’ve received different golf legends equivalent to Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Sir Henry Cotton, Bobby Locke and Sandy Lyle.
“I grew up in the conventional golf of Spain, so I’m used to taking part in with timber on the course. However I believe Jack Nicklaus defined it completely: ‘many occasions you hear that the area should adapt to your recreation and I’m a kind of who consider that it’s the participant who should adapt to the area’. So it doesn’t matter what sort of area it’s. I wish to suppose that I’m a very full participant, that my recreation goes with me wherever I’m going. I suppose it’s one thing that has to do with my mentality ”, says Rahm, who might be surrounded by 4 different Spaniards.
The Castellón Sergio garcia, champion of the 2017 Masters, and who debuted at the Open in 1996 at the age of 17 at Royal Lytham & St Annes, the website of two of Seve’s victories, at 41 he’s taking part in his 24th Open this week, by which he has completed 10 occasions in the prime ten, with two terrific performances at Carnoustie in 2007, the place he misplaced the tiebreaker to Irishman Padraig Harrington and Hoylake in 2014, the place he additionally completed second solely to a lethal Rory McIlroy.
The Gran Canaria Rafa cabrera He has performed each British Open since 2012, and his finest consequence was a fourth place ex aequo in 2017 at Royal Birkdale.
The Madrilenian Gonzalo Fernandez Castaño, a up to date of García, disputes his seventh British Open this week after passing one in every of the qualifying checks in England whereas the Extremaduran Jorge Campillo, who performs his third The Open, completes the Spanish quintet at Sandwich.