Golf: Third straight win on Rahm’s mind at Torrey Pines

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LOS ANGELES – Jon Rahm is playing lights-out golf and believes he can play even better.

The Spanish star, up to No. 3 in the world rankings, has won each of his past two starts and is high on confidence at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open, which started on Wednesday.

A win this week at Torrey Pines in San Diego, the site of his first PGA Tour victory in 2017, would make Rahm the first player since Dustin Johnson in 2017 to win three consecutive starts on tour.

“It is on my mind, obviously,” Rahm said of trying to achieve that aim.

“I’ve been reminded of it many, many times. And even more knowing where we’re coming, right, a place where I’ve played so good at. But I still need to go out there and shoot a very low score to win.”

Only two other golfers in the past 15 years have won three consecutive tournaments – Rory McIlroy in 2014 and Tiger Woods in 2008.

Rahm kicked off the calendar year with a come-from-behind victory over Collin Morikawa at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui.

After a week off, he returned to the fairways at last week’s tournament, The American Express in La Quinta, California, where he held off Davis Thompson to win his ninth PGA Tour title.

Rahm’s body of work at Torrey Pines speaks for itself. His 2017 victory at the Farmers Insurance Open came in his tournament debut. After a 29th-place finish in 2018, he has been in the top five ever since – fifth, second, seventh and third.

Rahm’s lone Major victory, the 2021 US Open, also took place at Torrey.

It fits his eye so well that Justin Thomas joked that Torrey Pines is set up for “whatever Jon Rahm’s game is”.

“If you consistently can drive it in the fairway on this golf course and far enough, you’re obviously going to be able to be more aggressive than most people,” Rahm said.

Amid the questions about his terrific form, he added that he is only focused on doing what he needs to do to prepare for another tournament. He will “step back” and appreciate it when the time is right, ...

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