Jon Rahm is a bit of a confusing fella. On one hand he is clearly one of the most talented players in the world. On the other however, he frequently displays the mental fortitude of a prepubescent teen. Take Sunday for example. Rahm was leading the Players Championship until this happened:
Not smart. This image sums up his decision to go for it nicely.
This is far from the only time we’ve seen Rahm either make a boneheaded decision or let his temper get the best of him. Case in point, here:
There are more, but that’s not the point of this blog. While listening to a podcast the other day my ears perked up when I heard Jon Rahm works with a former bomb diffuser. Yes you read that right. Immediately I needed to find out if this is true. And it is. In fact Rahm started working with him after the above outburst.
(Rahm) “I feel bad when I react sometimes, but it’s something I can’t control. Having an eye on you, I sometimes get mad, and then I feel bad for getting mad, and then it makes me feel worse. It’s a downward spiral, and I go into a negative place.”
The backlash was so swift and severe that he sought out the services of a new mental coach: former bomb-disposal expert Joseba del Carmen
Since then there have been outbursts, but Rahm views Sunday as a big step in his process:
“At least I’m proud of the way I handled myself – the old Jon would have lost it…Maybe I would have been more productive on the golf course, because getting mad has helped out before, but it was just basically a pretty picture for me, so I’m proud of myself for that.”
Rahm has been enjoying a spectacular 2019 yet one can’t help but wonder just how much better it could have been. In seven starts on the PGA Tour since the turn of the calendar Rahm has finished top-12 in six of them. He has yet to come across the finish line in first place this season, but if Sunday is any indication he is making progress. If and/or when Jon does figure it out, the rest of the PGA Tour will be in trouble.
Unanimously regarded as one of the most talented and underrated players on Tour it’s a near certainty that Rahm will win majors one day.
It’s just a matter of when.