Jon Rahm justifies six-week break from golf with Race to Dubai win
Jon Rahm considers making the choice to take a break out of competitive golf helped him end the year No 1 and win against the DP World Tour Championship.
Rahm let a six-shot lead slide in Jumeriah Golf Estates during a dramatic last day to birdie the last and grab a victory over Ryder Cup team-mate Tommy Fleetwood.
A four-under 68 saw Rahm end the week on 19 below and procure that a sixth European Tour title in just his 40th beginning, with the world No 5 getting $3m for winning the championship and a further $2m for topping the season-long Race to Dubai standings.
Rahm’s appearance was his first start since winning the Open de Espana on home soil in October, with the Spaniard thinking off his time was a factor behind his latest victory.
“I had that break mentally and emotionally,” Rahm said. “Fortunately, I was No 1 in the Race to Dubai at that point, so I could afford not enjoying some months.
“It was a threat. I believed I was going to come [to this week] fifth or sixth spot, needing a win and I was in third with chances.
“I never discovered it [off the time ], and I’m happy I did it because I came much more calm and also a far better frame of mind. Quite relaxed and very rested, both emotionally and emotionally.
“I presume that revealed this week. Towards the end, I had the power to continue, keep fightingand that I believe I attribute me that being in a position to triumph.”
The 25-year-old is the second participant after Seve Ballesteros to complete as European No 1, using Rahm about fitting his hero’s achievement, emotional.
“I’ve thought about it ,” Rahm said. “I’ve thought about it the previous two hours. I have thought about it. However, it has not processed within my own mind.
“It’s really so tough to feel that a number of the best champions in European golf and Spanish golf have not been able to accomplish what I have in just 3 decades. That is what I can not actually put my thoughts into.
“Sergio (Garcia) has been a terrific Spanish champion for many years, a significant winner. Ollie (Jose Maria Olazabal) is a major winner. Miguel Angel (Jimenez) has done a fantastic job, too.
“So many great players across the history of Spain that have had a chance and they did not do it. It’s simply hard to put that in perspective to understand that because Seve, I am the next one to get it done.”