Rahm ready for showdown

21 February 2019 03:37:00 EST

Jon Rahm hopes a return to Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City can inspire him to victory in this week's WGC-Mexico Championship.

The Spaniard led there with three holes to play when it first staged the event in 2017, eventually finishing third. He returned last year and made the top 20.

Now a three-time winner on the European Tour as well as securing two titles on the PGA Tour, Rahm is relishing the chance to add a WGC title to his tally.

"It's really fun to get in contention at a World Golf Championships and it's really fun to do in a place like this," he said.

"We don't get World Golf Championships in Spain but, as a Spanish speaker, as a Hispanic player and heritage, this is like a second home tournament. People really welcome me here, I get a ton of support. It's a lot more fun to do it.

"It's the way I grew up playing golf. A lot of courses in Spain are more traditional than the new American style of golf. It's a little bit different, it's more European, more what I'm used to, more what I like, so it's very refreshing.

"I want to win, I want to play well. I had the lead in this tournament before and didn't get it done, so I know what it feels like and I'm capable of doing it. I know what I have to do and hopefully it gets done."

He goes into the event in excellent form having started 2019 with five straight top 10s.

"I've been having a pretty good run of tournaments lately, been playing solid, consistent, hopefully this week is the week everything kind of gets together and I have myself a chance to win," added the world number six.

Rahm is 16/1 to win the WGC-Mexico Championship and 15/4 to have a top-five finish.

He's 11/8 to win his first-round 3-ball against Rickie Fowler (6/4) and Patrick Reed (11/4).

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