Jon Rahm sets INCREDIBLE PGA Tour record: Is this the best golf we've ever seen?

Former World No.1 Jon Rahm is arguably showing a better stretch of form than anyone in PGA Tour history and it is hard to dispute the numbers...

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Sun, 22 Jan 2023
Jon Rahm sets INCREDIBLE PGA Tour record: Is this the best form we've ever seen?

Jon Rahm is perfectly placed to land his ninth PGA Tour title and his fourth win in his last six starts. If it wasn't for the outstanding Davis Thompson, he'd have one hand on The American Express trophy already.

The Spaniard shot another 65 on Saturday at the Stadium Course in La Quinta to reach 23-under, the same score as his rookie colleague who is looking for his maiden win on Tour.

When he rolled in his par putt on the 54th hole of the week, Rahm reached a staggering mark of 62-under for his last 10 rounds. According to ESPN, this is the lowest 10-round stretch in the history of the Tour.

Considering data that goes back to 1983, the previous lowest mark over 10 rounds belonged to Davis Love III when he was 61-under across this number of games in 2001.

Love, who was recently announced as a Ryder Cup vice-captain for September, went on to win 21 times on Tour including one PGA Championship title. Rahm is on course to achieve similar things in the game, but you'd assume more majors are in the offing.

"Nothing but positive. That's all I can say. Ball striking felt amazing. Hit a lot of great shots out there off the tee. Giving myself a lot of opportunities with the irons. Took advantage of quite a few of them," Rahm said.
"So very confident going into tomorrow and knowing that I'm going to have to shoot another low score if I want to have a chance to win."

With the current Official World Golf Ranking system, Rahm cannot become World No.1 with a win despite undoubtedly playing like the best player in the world and scoring like it too.

The American Express uses three courses: the Stadium, the Nicklaus Tournament Course and La Quinta. It hasn't just been Rahm's display that has shown how gettable the conditions have been in California.

The 54-hole cut stood at 10-under which ties the lowest cut mark since this event became a 72-holer in 2012. K.H. Lee and Aaron Wise fell by the wayside.

Fan favourite Harry Higgs also set a personal record. He made 12 birdies in the third round which is the most he's ever made on Tour and Dylan Wu shot a career-best card of 61.

Since the switch to a four-round format, the lowest winning score was set by Patrick Reed at 28-under in 2014. Rahm and Thompson will certainly have this mark in their sights.