Jon Rahm, from his anger over mobiles to the humbling of number one

Jon Rahm He has not had a simple weekend. The Spanish golfer, number 1 in the world, arrived at the Spanish Open with a clear objective: achieve your third title and, with this, match his record of success to that of one of the great legends of world sport, Severiano Ballesteros. However, his bad card on the day of this Saturday left him with no options to fight for victory this Sunday, a triumph that the Spaniard also took Rafa Cabrera Bello… where Rahm left two interesting images.

That Barrika’s is one of the best golfers today is undeniable. Not surprisingly, his sporting achievements speak for themselves, but 2021 has become his year of consecration, especially after getting a more than worthy victory at the US Open. From there, two clear objectives on the table: seek victory in the Olympic Games and try to match Seve at the Spanish Open. But a positive for covid and a bad day they left him with honey on his lips.

Rafa Cabrera Bello wins the Madrid Open in the face of Jon Rahm’s frustration

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On the first day, held on Thursday, Rahm signed a good round, with 63 strokes, which they placed him in third position and he had all the options in the world to achieve the title. In the second set, the Spaniard moved even closer to the lead, where despite signing a card with 67 strokes, he was second overall, only behind the Dutch Wil Besseling. But Rahm was not comfortable and had an explanation: fans’ mobile phones.

The number one in the world did not hesitate be grateful for the encouragement that the public has given you at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, where he has felt very protected and loved throughout the entire Spanish Open. Without any doubt, he has been the most applauded and requested golfer in the championship and he has not hesitated to show his gratitude to the fans. But he does believe that there have been times when the continuous sounds of ‘smartphones’ they have decentered him.

“There are a lot of people and that is why I would say that, please put the phone on silent because every time you go to launch there are several calls and messages are constantly ringing. They are things that happen, but there are times that it decenters a little. It is a very good thing that there are so many people, it is a pride, and as a player it is easier to blame someone other than me, but it is to take away the guilt and frustration for some things, “explained Rahm after the second day.

A lesson in humility

Despite his good classification, Rahm himself acknowledged that he was trying to find an external culprit who would explain why wasn’t he playing well. He tried to clear his mind and look for a definitive comeback on Saturday … but, unexpectedly, his sinking came. He signed 72 strokes, which brought him down to 18th position in the standings: do you know what a champion like Rahm did then? After finishing the day, he trained alone for more than an hour.

Something was not going well and he wanted to remedy before the last round, so he tried to improve what he was not comfortable with … but it was not enough to match Severiano Ballesteros. As if that were not enough, after that express and unexpected training, and despite the fact that his head was perhaps not at the most comfortable moment, he did not hesitate to spend another hour signing autographs everyone present. Well born is to be grateful.

He came to the last day with the intention of fighting for the title, as I did at the 2019 Irish Open, when Rahm came back six strokes to Cabrera Bello on the last day … but he soon confirmed that he was not fine, finishing 17th. In a matter of hours, the number one went from anger over cell phones, to training unexpectedly and, above all, to signing hundreds of autographs, something he repeated this Sunday. A champion is when he wins and, above all, in defeat. And Jon Rahm is. Always.

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