Ryder Cup 2021: Jon Rahm looks to cap ‘amazing year’ with triumph in Wisconsin



orld number one Jon Rahm will let his clubs do the talking as he bids to end an extraordinarily eventful year with a Ryder Cup triumph.

Rahm became a father for the first time just days before the Masters in April, then led the Memorial Tournament by six shots after 54 holes before being told on the 18th green he had tested positive for Covid-19 and had to withdraw.

Fifteen days later Rahm birdied the last two holes at Torrey Pines to win his maiden major title in the US Open, but in July tested positive for Covid again and had to miss the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“It just dawned on me that it’s only been five and a half months since my son was born and there’s been so many things that happened since then,” Rahm said on the final practice day at Whistling Straits.

“It almost feels like it’s been a couple years worth of experiences in those five months. The good moments, the great experiences, the happiness vastly outweighs the setbacks, and that’s all I can say about this year.

“I became a dad. We’re in a really good place family-wise. I’m very happy at home. It’s been amazing. Got my first major and played really good golf all year round.

“No matter what happened Covid-wise or what events I missed or what could have been, it still has been an amazing year that I really am thankful for.

“It would be a very nice end to what has been a wonderful year (to retain the Ryder Cup). That win in France, you create a bond that’s unforgettable and it would be a really good feeling to be able to do it in my first try in my case on US soil as well.”

Rahm won just one of his three matches on his debut in Paris, but it was Europe’s first singles victory as the United States attempted a fightback and came against a certain 15-time major winner, Tiger Woods.

The 26-year-old was ranked eight in the world at the time but ended the year with a win in Woods’s event in the Bahamas and has won seven more times since, his victory in the Memorial Tournament in 2020 taking him to world number one for the first time.

Team Europe for the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

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