25 Things You Didn’t Know About Jon Rahm

How well do you know the Spanish golfer?

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Jon Rahm
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About Jon Rahm

1. He was born in a small town called Barrika, in the Basque region of Spain located in the very north of the country

2.  attended Arizona State University where he collected 11 collegiate victories. This ranks second in school history behind Phil Mickelson's 16 wins

3. He currently holds the record for being the number one ranked amateur in the world for the longest period of time. Overall he held that distinction for 60 weeks between 2015 and 2016

4. He became the first golfer to win the Ben Hogan award in two consecutive years. The award is given to the best player in college golf in the United States

5. In January 2017 he secured his first PGA Tour victory and first professional win at the Farmers Insurance Open. He holed a 60-foot eagle putt on the 18th

6. To help him learn English, Rahm listened to a lot of hip-hop. Two of his favourite songs were Eminem - Love The Way You Lie, and Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools

7. His wife is Kelley Cahill, a former javelin thrower at Arizona State University. They got married in Spain in December 2019 and had their first child together in April 2021.

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8. Right now he has 13 professional wins.

9. Grew up participating in sports and activities such as soccer, canoeing, jai alai, and kung fu before focusing on golf.

10. From an early age, his father pushed him to move to the United States because he believed thats where the future of golf lay

11. After attending the 1997 Ryder Cup, his parents Edorta and Angela, took up golf. Jon then followed in their footsteps

12. Despite not knowing English very well, Rahm managed to secure a 3.6 GPA in his first semester at Arizona State

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13. Rahm is an avid supporter of Athletic Bilbao

14. He is a member of Whisper Rock Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona

15. Rahm developed a lot of his skill at Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid

16. In 2014 and 2015, Rahm won two Amateur Spanish National titles

17. He cites Sergio Garcia as his hero and influence

18. He was the fastest Spanish player in history to win five European Tour titles

19. In July 2020, he became the second Spanish man to become World Number One after Seve Ballesteros

20. He has won over $31m on the PGA Tour

21. Rahm has two holes-in-one in two days at the 2020 Masters. One of which came at the 16th hole in which he skipped the ball over the water.

22. He and his wife Kelley welcomed their first child, Kepa, in April 2021. In 2022 they announced they are expecting a second baby boy too.

23. He is the first and only Spaniard to win the US Open

24. He signed with Callaway in 2021 to use a full bag of Callaway clubs. He wears Callaway-owned Travis Mathew apparel and Cuater shoes

25. He twice tested positive for Covid-19 during the 2021 season, and both had huge consequences. His first positive test meant he had to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament whilst six clear with 18 holes to play, and his second positive result meant he couldn't play in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6