Home comforts for Rahm
After his Sunday challenge at the Masters came up short, Jon Rahm is heading back home to contest this week's Open de Espana on a course he knows well.
The tournament moves to Centro Nacional de Golf this year, a venue last used on the European Tour when it staged the 2009 Madrid Masters. Rahm was only 14 years old then, but knows the par 72, which opened in 2006, from his junior days.
He said: "I spent my last two years of high school at Centro Nacional de Golf. I've played the course many times and that was where I formed as a golfer. I'm really looking forward to it.
"I haven't played there for six years, so I'm not sure how much will have changed, but I hit it way different than I used to when I played there. I'll be familiar with the golf course, but still it will be a little bit different.
"I have memories of when I was 16 or 17 years old, but I hit it longer and I hit it better now, so hopefully the course seems easier than it did back then."
The 23-year-old eventually finished fourth at last week's Masters, four shots behind winner Patrick Reed, but was pleased with the way he handled himself when in contention.
"I didn't panic at all. I felt really comfortable. I loved the situation, I loved that hunt," said the Spaniard. "Hopefully, next time I go into the back nine of a Major, I'm the one in the lead and get to experience that.
"But hopefully I have proved to myself that I learn fast and I keep learning and learning. I learned from last year's mistakes and I always try to learn from my mistakes, so hopefully I have another chance to win a Major this year."
Rahm is 7/2 to win the Open de Espana, with Rafa Cabrera Bello 14/1 and Pablo Larrazabal 20/1.
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