Jon Rahm proves he's on another planet right now at Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm kept alive his hopes of winning three PGA Tour events in a row with a Friday 6-under 66 at Torrey Pines at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Sat, 28 Jan 2023
Jon Rahm proves he's on another planet right now at Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm kept alive his hopes of returning to the World No.1 spot and claiming his third win in a row on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open. 

Rahm was contemplating going home early at Torrey Pines but remarkably moved himself into position to claim another win on Friday at Torrey Pines. 

The Spaniard carded a third round of 6-under 66 that was highlighted by a glorious eagle at No. 9 on the South Course. He described his approach into the green as his "best shot of the year".

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Rahm sent his second shot at the par-5 from 289 yards to inside 12 feet and duly sank the putt. 

The World No.3 didn't put a foot wrong on the back nine, picking up one stroke with a birdie at 15 to keep his dreams alive of claiming three straight victories on the circuit. 

Rahm started 2023 with a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and followed that with victory at The American Express

If Rahm were to be victorious at Torrey Pines - a venue where he claimed his maiden PGA Tour win and the U.S. Open - it would be his tenth victory on the North American circuit. 

Remarkably, it would be his fifth win in seven worldwide starts. 

Rahm will have to hold off Sam Ryder, Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im and Max Homa if he is to claim the win. 

Homa gave a live insight into his round.


Rahm was T-116 after his first round after seeing his streak of 12 consecutive rounds under par come to an end. 

He told the media there was "not much of a difference" between what we saw on Friday compared to his opening round. 

Rahm added:

"I was making good swings, I was just not capitalising on them. [I was] making small mistakes. 
"To be honest, it doesn't take much to get my confidence. I made the eagle, hit a great tee shot into No.6. 
"I struck it beautifully."

Asked what it would mean to win three in a row, Rahm said:

"I've seen it all out here. Obviously I here a lot of people talk about it. I hear a lot of people talk about Dustin [Johnson, the last player to do it in 2017] hopefully this time it is my turn."

Next page: What Rahm needs to do to return to No.1