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Recapping Jon Rahm’s successful season as he vies for player of the year

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Despite not achieving the desired conclusion to the season, Jon Rahm, an Arizona State alumni and resident of Scottsdale, had an exceptional year marked by an impressive series of PGA Tour victories.

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Rahm, the 28-year-old out of Spain, fell from No. 1 to No. 18 in the FedExCup standings after he struggled during the postseason championship matches. 

On the first stop of the championship tour, Rahm secured a 37th place finish with a 5-under par performance at the FedEx St. Jude Championship. In the BMW Championship, he achieved an even par and landed in the 31st spot. Wrapping up his season at the TOUR Championship, Rahm carded a 7-under par, concluding in the 18th position.

Rahm’s postseason struggles will not overshadow his impressive regular season victories, capturing four wins and 10 top-10 finishes. He added two international wins with victories at the DP World Tour and the Acciona Open de Espana. 

Sentry Tournament of Champions, Jan. 5-8.

At the Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii, Rahm finished 27-under par shooting a 10-under par, 63 during his final round to save his score after shooting a 71 during round two. 

In his first win of 2023, Rahm buried nine birdies and an eagle in his final round to come back from seven shots behind to grab the win over Colin Morikawa. 

After bogeying his first hole of round four, Rahm turned it around and birdied four of the next five holes. 

“If you told me at the beginning of the round after that bogey (that) I was gonna do what I did, I don’t know if I would have believed you,” Rahm said. “It kinda took quite an effort to settle down and change my mindset.”

The American Express, Jan. 19-22.

In a tight race for the American Express Tournament where the top-five all finished within one stroke of each other, Rahm came out on top with an astounding 27-under par finish. He shot two rounds of 64 to secure his win.

Beginning the final round tied for first with Davis Thompson, the two battled all day until Rahm birdied hole 15 to take over first place at the Pete Dye Stadium Course in La Quinta, California.

“My swing’s been feeling really, really good,” Rahm said after his win. “And it shows… everything is just firing when it needs to.” 

The Genesis Invitational, Feb. 16-19.

In a tournament hosted by Tiger Woods at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, Rahm finished 17-under shooting two rounds of 65.

“I’m aware of the magnitude of this moment and this golf course,” Rahm said. “To be able to win a tournament hosted by Tiger… is pretty incredible.”

With two birdies in the final five holes, Rahm took the edge over his competitors and finished two strokes ahead of second place finisher Max Holma.

Masters Tournament, April 6-9.

The highly acclaimed green jacket and the walk of champions belonged to Rahm after he ran away with the Master’s victory by four strokes over second place veteran Phil Mickelson.

Securing his first Master’s win, Rahm shot a 12-under par in tough weather conditions at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

“I’ve wanted to win it (The Masters) ever since I thought about golf and what being a champion would be,” Rahm said. “There’s four great tournaments we all think of… this one is one of them.”

Making history as the first European to win both the Master’s and a U.S. Open, Rahm is a frontrunner to win Player of the Year for the PGA.

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Taylyn Hadley is a sports and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow her on X via @TAYLYNH11.

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