Rahm riding high again at Torrey Pines
January 24, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Jon Rahm Round 1 highlights from Farmers
SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm loves Torrey Pines more than most.
And it is not just because he won his first PGA TOUR event at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.
The 24-year-old Spanish superstar also proposed to his fiancée Kelley Cahill on the hiking trails just to the north of the two iconic Pacific Ocean adjacent courses.
He played well at the venue during his Arizona State college days.
It’s his happy place.
So no wonder he produced a blistering 10-under 62 on the North Course to take the opening round lead.
It was the lowest score on the North Course since its recent redesign before the 2017 tournament, featuring two eagles and a chip-in birdie.
“There's a lot of happiness going on in this area for me, so I just feel I'm going to play good when I tee up,” Rahm said after setting up a one-shot lead over Justin Rose and Doug Ghim.
“This is probably my favorite area. If you take into account the town and the vibe around Torrey Pines, this is my favorite golf course and golf tournament.”
While Kelley is a regular in the TOUR galleries for Rahm most weeks there was another special lady inspiring the two-time TOUR winner trekking around the property.
His 83-year-old grandmother Miren.
A resident of Spain, Thursday marked the first time she has seen her grandson play in the USA and just the third time overall as a professional.
“Couldn't be happier that she's here. She keeps calling it the trip of her life. She's been in the States before, to New York and San Francisco, but never to watch me play golf,” Rahm beamed.
“She watched me win in Madrid, the Spanish Open. She saw me at the Ryder Cup in Paris. Nothing like coming all the way to the States. It's a long flight for somebody who's 83 years old. Even though she's in incredible good health.”
Given Rahm won on the two occasions Miren was in attendance the omen could be a good one. His Sunday singles win over Tiger Woods in Paris was a critical point in Europe’s win.
“I'm in a very positive state of mind and very confident,” he said.
“I know I can win any time that I tee up here.”
Jon Rahm leads by one at Farmers