Jon Rahm says that he hopes to follow in the legendary footsteps of Seve Ballesteros after surpassing a proud record of his compatriot.
Ballesteros needed 49 appearances to win his first five tournament wins on the European Tour, but Rahm’s win at the Open de Espana last week meant he matched that achievement in ten fewer events.
However, while Rahm’s winning rate is currently faster than that of Ballesteros, he knows he is still well short of the 50 career crowns the Ryder Cup icon amassed in his glittering career.
“He did turn pro a lot earlier than I did so age-wise I think he’s beaten me,” Rahm conceded.
“Still, to beat Seve in something, it’s unbelievable. He’s one of the main references from European golf and world golf in general.”
“It’s great that I’ve done it here, to beat Seve’s record with his last professional win being at this course as well,” Rahm said. “It’s very special for me.
“Any time I can do anything close to what he did is unbelievable. That’s why I’m here, trying to make Spanish golf bigger and grow the sport in Spain like he did.”
Scotland’s Connor Syme and Englishman Matthew Jordan were also part of the successful quintet.
The English Open has been revived as part of the new schedule.
Close House Golf Club, near Newcastle, will host the British Masters on July 22.
The event was last staged in 2002.
The tournament at Close House, scheduled to start on July 30, is set to be the first European Tour event since the coronavirus crisis halted action.
The world number one believes it would be the ‘right call’ to push the event back to 2021.
The exhibition match, against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, raised 20 million dollars.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.