Jon Rahm believes his consistency makes him the BEST in the world

Jon Rahm admitted he has achieved one of his career targets by becoming World No.1 and his level of consistency is what puts him at the top.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2020

Jon Rahm tees off at a tournament as World No.1 for the very first time this week at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, something the Spaniard set as a target during the coronavirus lockdown and although he's yet to win a major, Rahm believes his consistency is what makes him the best player in the world.

After winning the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, Rahm dethroned Rory McIlroy as the best player on the planet and became the first man from Spain to hold the World No.1 spot since Seve Ballesteros.

Speaking to the media ahead of the WGC-FedEx event this week in Memphis, Rahm explained how becoming World No.1 was a goal he set himself during lockdown, as he assessed what he believed were realistic targets to be achieved.

"It's a goal accomplished," said Rahm. "I think a lot of times a person resets his goals every year, and even during quarantine I wrote new ones. It was the first time when I stopped kidding myself and I acknowledged that I wanted to be No.1 in the world and I wrote it as a goal.

"I always said it was a consequence of playing good golf. Play good, it will take care of itself. But it was the first time I made it a goal. At the same time, it's not only to get there, it's to stay there.

"I'm here because of what I've done in the last four years and hopefully I can keep doing just as good for the next few, hopefully the next 20 if I can, to stay in this position. It's a week-to-week thing right now, and I'm still not sure if I know how to deal with it.

"But I'm still thinking WGCs, majors, FedExCup, there's a lot of good things to come that I want to accomplish as well. So I'm more focused on just following my process each and every day and my routines every single day, just what's helped me get to here, to just keep improving, becoming a better golfer."

Rahm has 11 professional wins to his name, four of which were on the PGA Tour and although there are major winners like McIlroy and Brooks Koepka who have previously held the No.1 spot, Rahm believes his consistency proves he is currently the best in the world.

"Getting to No 1 in the world, you need to play good golf consecutively for a very long time, and I've played consistent golf worldwide for the last four years," added Rahm.

"I think nowadays it's really tough to determine one player. Brooks is having a hard year right now, he's not playing his best, but he has won four majors in the last few years, and Rory played amazing last year. So it's hard to dictate one player alone.

"But it would be foolish of me to say that I'm not here thinking I'm the best player, and I think all the great players out there who have got to this point are playing like they believe they're the best player. And I think in golf you need to prove that every week.

"So I think every week we go out there trying to prove who are the best players and trying to win. I think that's how I go."

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