Jon Rahm Becomes Fourth-Youngest Man To Reach 3rd In World Rankings

The 23-year-old is one of golf's hottest prospects

Jon Rahm Becomes Fourth-Youngest Man To Reach 3rd In World Rankings
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The Spaniard finished 2nd at the Tournament of Champions to move up to 3rd in the world

Jon Rahm Becomes Fourth-Youngest Man To Reach 3rd In World Rankings

Jon Rahm has been a pro for little over 18 months and has already announced himself as one of, if not, the greatest prospects in world golf.

Except, he's not really a prospect...he's the real deal already.

Rahm finished as runner-up to Dustin Johnson in the Tournament of Champions, on a course he'd never played before, to leapfrog Justin Thomas up into third spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

That means the 23-year-old has has reached the world number 3 spot quicker than all but three men in history, according to the European Tour.

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Only Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have broken into the top three quicker.

Rahm won his first title last January at the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines in stunning fashion, holing a massive eagle putt from the back of the par-5 18th green.

His celebration was just as good.

Jon Rahm celebrates his eagle putt on the 18th hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

He then won the Irish Open in July, itself a huge Rolex Event, before sealing his second European Tour title and third win in total at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in November.

That means that he's won three times in his first 18 months as a professional, and has another 14 top-10s to his name.

He was also named the 2017 European Tour Rookie of the Year despite playing just five times on his home Tour.

The 23-year-old, who has a mere half swing yet launches it miles along with the 'Spanish hands' we've seen from Seve, Olazabal and Garcia, looks to be a stalwart of the European Ryder Cup team for the next two decades.

Rahm celebrates an eagle on the 14th hole on his way to winning the Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

He will no doubt be making his debut in the biennial Europe vs USA match this September in Paris.

Rahm's form looks like it will only continue, and the world number three will surely be setting his sights on the top spot now.

“If I keep playing good, keep working, keep learning about myself, I just need to keep getting better scores without my A game like I have this week,” Rahm said after losing to DJ in last year's WGC-Match Play final.

“Hopefully I can keep playing good and maybe someday be No.1. If it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be, but it’s definitely one of my goals.”

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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