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Pat Perez has tipped Jon Rahm to establish himself as the dominant force in men’s professional golf for the next decade.
Rahm, 27, is already a major champion and the World No. 1, but hasn’t been as prolific a winner as his stats would suggest. However, his relentless consistency on a weekly basis has been enough to convince Perez that he’ll be the man to beat at the pinnacle of world golf for the foreseeable future.
While the 46-year-old may have high hopes for what Rahm can achieve during his career, they pale in significance compared to the goals the Spaniard has set for himself. According to Perez, the World No. 1 won't be satisfied unless he eclipses one of golf's most famous records.
“We play all the time at Silverleaf and I asked him, ‘What are you gonna do at 35?' He goes, ‘I’m not done until I win 19 majors… I’m not going to take off golf until I get to 19. Whether I do it or not doesn’t matter. But I am not quitting until I pass Tiger [Woods] on that list’.
“He hasn’t even started to get going yet,” Perez added. “He hasn’t even gotten into a pattern of where he can win five or six times in a row. I think that he can actually do that.”
Rahm turned pro in 2016 as the world's leading amateur and quickly set about making a name for himself on the main tours. He picked up his first PGA Tour title in January 2017 at the Farmers Insurance Open and has since gone on to win 13 times, including his first major at last year's US Open.
A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
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