At SpainThere was a time when golf made the headlines of sports newspapers, being one of the main reasons for happiness in the country. Exploits of Severiano Ballesteros they brought the passion for the sport to its maximum exposure. Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal they have maintained this trend, but not with such renown. The race of Jon Rahm intends to keep this flame alive and, apparently in the Open d’Espagne, the audience responds.
This week this quote from European tour which was disputed in the Villa de Madrid Country Club has shown that the passion for the sport has returned. With numbers restricted by Covid-19, the public sold tickets every session. Above all, all these fans flocked every time Rahm was on one of the “greens”. In addition, all vibrated from the excellent final battle they fought. Rafa Cabrera Bello, who emerged victorious, and Adri Arnaüs.
After a year of pandemic where it was not possible to see what the impact of Rahm’s world number one was, between Thursday and Sunday what happened on one side of the A-6 was a real madness. Even with the bad Saturday weighing on the attempt to secure the ‘Lion of Barrika‘, everyone was thrilled with their golf. It also helps the attitude of Jon, who stayed to sign autographs for almost an hour even on his worst day.
Jon Rahm at the Spanish Open.
In addition to Rahm’s work, the young national golfers have noticed that they have gained notoriety last year thanks to these results. But not just them; Longtime players Cabrera Bello and Arnaus, along with other names that have emerged during the week, put national golf in a positive trend. The image seen in recent days carries a message of hope and, above all, which highlights the work being done in the country with this sport.
Rahm’s impact is unmistakable, people come closer to the golf course to see the feats of Barrika’s genius. Since the last tournament Seve won, in 1995, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid haven’t seen each other with the crowds they’ve had all weekend. Being world number one is not something the country can boast about, it is a historic milestone and the public knows it. This is why Jon’s visit to Madrid was so special.
Throughout the weekend, they got to see crowds of people crowding into every hole the Spaniards fought over knowing his was historic. Only the bad day he experienced on Saturday prevented Rahm from putting in a good performance. His season, in which he achieved his first major with the US Open, is impeccable. Bad fortune, personified in the contagions of Covid-19, prevented him from achieving more success.
A ball at Club de Campo Villa in Madrid during the Spanish Open 2021.
His number one reopened the passion for golf and this will show in the years to come in national careers. Although this sport in the country has a significant number of licenses and the youngest are very well taken care of. Spain is in the top 10 of the countries with the greatest number of courses with 437. In addition, the accessibility of this modality moves many people: up to 271,788 licenses currently exist after a decrease in recent years.
What is coming
Behind Rahm, they come to push young promises like David Puig, Eugenio López-Chacarra Where Edouard Rousaud. Most of them are developed in American universities, they win amateur tournaments and are expected to move to professionalism soon. But Jon is only 26 years old, so the future is more than assured.
Spanish golf is in good health and has received the boost it needs with the successes of ‘León de Barrika’. On weekends, the news of this sport opens thanks to the success of the nationals. This positive trend needs continuity and having Jon Rahm at this level will be a guarantee.
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