TORREY PINES, Calif. — As Jon Rahm moves toward winning his third PGA Tour event this year, he hasn’t shied away from what would be a historic victory at a course — Torrey Pines — where he’s had plenty of success.
“I know very few people have been able to do that,” Rahm said. “I don’t take it for granted because who knows until one of these comes up again.”
He has won four of his six international starts in the last three months and is the favorite in San Diego this week.
If Rahm wins this week at Torrey Pines — having won twice, including the 2021 US Open — it will be the 19th time since 1997 that a player has won three consecutive PGA Tour events. Tiger Woods is responsible for 14 of the previous 18 incidents.
By all accounts, nobody plays better golf than Rahm, 28, but he’s still No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the American Express Tournament and the Sentry Tournament of Champions last week. .
A win or top-3 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open this week would change that.
Torrey Pines suits Rahm and his left-to-right ball flight well, especially given how well his grown rough fairway absorbs shots that miss his way. Rahm on Tuesday won his first PGA Tour event of 2017 with the best driving week of his career. He hopes to repeat that again this week.
“I’m comfortable with the ball right now,” Rahm said. “The confidence in my swing is very high.”
As Justin Thomas pointed out Tuesday, either course seemed well-prepared for Rahm, given the way he was hitting the ball.
“When you start driving like he does, hitting irons like he does and then he only has a half as good week,” Thomas said. “It’s going to be hard to beat.”