Rahm excited ahead of Euro Tour debut

Jon Rahm will play in his first European Tour event since turning professional in 2016 at this week’s HNA Open de France.

The Spaniard has enjoyed a superlative run this year, notching up his first win of any kind at the Farmers Insurance Open and backing it up with no less than six top-10 finishes.

Now, the 22-year-old looks to open up a new chapter of his golfing career, oddly enough at a course he is familiar with.

“I’m obviously very excited for many possible reasons,” quipped the world number 11 on europeantour.com.

“This is probably one of the best golf courses I’ve ever played. I played it when I was 14, 15 years old in the European Young Masters in 2009 and it’s changed quite a bit since then, and so have I, so I really wanted to come back.

“Being one of the Rolex Series events, being one of the most important events of the year, I wanted to come here and hopefully show my support and try and play as best as I can.

“It’s obviously a beautiful course. It’s a great design. It’s challenging in every aspect. You do hit almost every single club in the bag and courses that make you do that are really fun to play. I mean, I can’t think of anything bad to say about the golf course. It really is amazing.”

The HNA Open de France tees off at Le Golf National on Thursday, with world number eight Alex Noren, former Masters winner Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood part of a star-studded field.