April 22, 2019
Latest News

Jon Rahm: No one has more passion for golf than I do

Scottsdale, Arizona, Nov 10 (efe-epa).- Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, who has been ranked in the world's top 10 since mid-2017, celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday. A native of the northern Spanish town of Barrika, Rahm played college golf at Arizona State University and currently lives in Arizona. In an exclusive, in-depth interview with Agencia EFE, Spain's international news agency, he talks about his career, his fiancee and managing his fiery temper.

- How did you become passionate about golf?

I started at age seven. My parents would pick me up at daycare and they would go to a golf class. I remember seeing them hitting balls while I was having a snack. I was a restless kid who played all different sports. I tried to give it a go, and that's how I got started.

I liked golf from the beginning. It's a little frustrating because when you're young it's easy to kick (a soccer ball), shoot a basketball ... Golf is tough, it takes time.

(But) my dad taught me a lesson about life: if you put in the effort and devote time and interest you'll be good in anything you do. I've always put in a lot of effort and wanted to be the best golfer in the world. The lesson was that if you work hard you'll do well.

- How did you make the transition from a small school to a huge university and the hustle and bustle of the United States?

When I graduated high school (in Spain), it was a class of 40. I arrived at Arizona State and found myself with 80,000 students. My first class seemed like a movie theater - screens, microphones and me looking for the blackboard. I was the only one without a computer, there with my pencil with a pencil sharpener and an eraser.

But I've always been a person who adapts very well to any sport and any situation.

- And how have you adapted to the intensity of professional golf?

To give you an example, this Saturday, my birthday, I'll fly to Dubai and take two days to get there. On Monday, I have to do something with my sponsors, then train, play.

I play 25 tournaments a year. If you make all the cuts, that's 100 days of competitive golf a year, plus the training at home.

- What's the key to dealing with that rhythm and the loneliness that goes with it?

Jack Nicklaus said once that you have to lead a very selfish life to be a great golfer. That's why you need a great partner who understands that. Because at the end of the day all the decisions you make are related to the world of golf.

Kelley (Cahill, his fiancee) has helped me immensely since we started going out. She helped me with my diet. She likes taking care of people and doesn't let me eat ribs, hamburgers and French fries.

The best thing that could've happened to me when I got to the PGA Tour was being with her. She's my best friend, and we don't get sick of each other. When I'm playing very well, she helps me put that out of my mind. When I'm playing very poorly, she helps me put that out of my mind too.

- What situations and memories do you value the most about your career?

For me, one of the best things is that every time I've won my dad has been there or nearby.

More recently, I have very nice memories with Kelley, like when I was winning in university or my first tournament as a professional.

- On the flip side, is there a bad memory?

The (2017) US Open in Erin Hills (in Erin, Wisconsin) is a bad memory because of my behavior (when Rahm let his temper get the best of him en route to missing the cut). That was a tough week.

- How do you manage that temper now?

There's no golfer with more passion than me. No one has more love and passion for this sport and more desire to play it well. Feeling the adrenaline, the frustration, the joys is something that's fun for me. My negative experiences are very intense, but my positive experiences are equally intense.

What sport doesn't have people getting mad and expressing joy? Golf is the only sport in which (outbursts) aren't considered passion. A soccer player who gets upset has a lot of passion. A baseball player who breaks a bat (over his knee) is very passionate. In golf, passion is a problem.

- Where is Jon Rahm's golf life headed?

Starting in 2019 (the current PGA Tour season, which began last month), I hope it's a little better than last year. I've learned a lot about myself as a person and as a player. Now let's see if I can give myself a chance to win a major.

By Juan Luis Guillen

News history
Spain recovers Fed Cup berth from Belgium

Brussels, Apr 21 (efe-epa).- Spain on the weekend recovered a spot in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group after Carla Suarez-Navarro and Garbiñe Muguruza...

Benzema's hat-trick gives Real Madrid 3-0 win over Bilbao

Roberto Morales

PSG win Mbappe's Ligue 1 title

By Luis Miguel Pascual

Fognini defeats Lajovic to win maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, Apr 21 (efe-epa).- Italy's Fabio Fognini, the world No. 18, captured his maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo on Sunday...

Everton add to Manchester United’s woes with 4-0 Premier League win

Liverpool, United Kingdom, Apr 21 (efe-epa).- Everton stunned Manchester United with a 4-0 win in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

Suarez draws Spain level with Belgium at Wickmayer's expense

Kortrijk, Belgium, Apr 21 (efe-epa).- Spain’s Carla Suárez defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday.

Paragliding offers new way to view Uruguay River

By Sarah Yañez-Richards

Jokic, Murray help Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103, tie playoff series 2-2

San Antonio, USA, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Serbian center Nikola Jokic, who scored a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, and Canadian Jamal Murray, who...

Embiid leads 76ers to 108-112 triumph over Nets, provokes collective

New York, USA, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Cameroonian power forward Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia Sixers as the star of Game 4 of the first round NBA...

Barça move step closer to title with 2-1 win against Sociedad

Barcelona, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- A solid if not inspired performance was enough Saturday for Barcelona to prevail 2-1 over Real Sociedad and leave themselves...

Juventus clinch 1st Serie A title of Ronaldo era

Turin, Italy, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Juventus beat Fiorentina 2-1 here Saturday to clinch an eighth straight Serie A title, their 35th overall and the first...

Atletico Madrid edge Eibar 1-0

Eibar, Spain, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid earned a hard-fought 1-0 win here Saturday over Eibar, who benefited from a stellar performance by...

Bayern defeat Bremen 1-0 to stay atop Bundesliga

Munich, Germany, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Bayern Munich edged Werder Bremen 1-0 here Saturday on a late goal by defender Niklas Süle to go 4 points clear at the...

Fognini upsets Nadal in Monte-Carlo semis

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Italy's Fabio Fognini pulled off a big upset here Saturday, ending Rafa Nadal's bid for a record-extending...

Flipkens sinks Muguruza, gives Belgium 1st point in Fed Cup

Kortrijk (Belgium), Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Belgium’s tennis player Kirsten Flipkens upset Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, securing her country its...

Man City gets its revenge over Tottenham: a 1-0 win in the Premier League

Manchester (England), Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Manchester City got its revenge for being bundled out of the Champions League by Tottenham Hotspur thanks to a goal...

Real Madrid’s Vinicius to miss match vs Athletic Bilbao - Zidane says

Madrid, Apr 20 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid's Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr., a rising young talent, is not yet sufficiently fit to play against Athletic Bilbao...

Westbrook helps Thunder to first playoff win over Trail Blazers 120-108

Oklahoma City, USA, Apr. 19 (efe-epa).- Point guard Russell Westbrook on Friday scored an impressive 33 points, helping Oklahoma City Thunder beat the...

Nadal advances to Monte-Carlo semifinals

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Spain's Rafael Nadal was pushed hard here Friday by Guido Pella of Argentina, but managed to eke out a 7-6...

Man City to face Spurs in marquee match of Premier League weekend

London, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- As the Premier League season winds down, holders Manchester City will be determined to grab all 3 points when they host Tottenham...

Maradona reverses course, says he'll stay with Mexico's Dorados

Culiacan, Mexico, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Weeks after musing publicly about quitting as coach of Dorados de Sinaloa, Diego Maradona now says he's committed to...

Medvedev upsets Djokovic at Monte Carlo for his 1st Masters semis

Roquebrune Cap Martin (France) Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Daniil Medvedev of Russia on Friday pulled off a big upset, defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the...

Atletico's coach: Costa issue over

Madrid, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid Argentine head coach Diego Simeone on Friday said that the Diego Costa issue has come to an end after the...

Diego Costa returns to Atletico Madrid practice

Madrid, Apr 19 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa on Friday returned to the first team's training after refusing to take part in the previous...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.