Jon Rahm will play this week the US Open 2021, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Memorial Tournament. The Spaniard said he is taking inspiration from Tiger Woods’ victory at the US Open 2008. He said: "I wish I was a little bit more prepared.
I was hitting it pretty good a couple of weeks ago, but I feel like, as athletes, we’re always wanting more. I feel like every time I go tee it up, I always think I could have done something more. I could have done this, I could have done that.
Once you tee off Thursday, it doesn’t matter. You go do a job. Was it 13 years ago Tiger won on pretty much a broken knee without really being prepared? Once the gun goes off, it doesn’t matter. So, in that sense, I’m still confident.
I’m happy to be here and I’m comfortable. I’ve played well here in the past, and hopefully I can keep up the good play. The biggest difference, besides the rough, obviously, you can actually get lucky and get some decent lies, or you can get some that it’s hard to move five yards.
So the discrepancy is big. It’s going to happen; it’s a US Open. You’re going to get good breaks and bad breaks. You add that to the fact you have quite a few 500-yard par fours, and you have a monster of a golf course.
This golf course is a very tough golf course. It’s a golf course you can play a regular event at or you can hold a Major Championship at. There’s not a whole lot of courses that are like that. Torrey speaks for itself.
This time of year, with it being firmer and faster, it plays differently. I have to stay aggressive. It’s not as much being aggressive off the tee as it is more on the second shot. Get yourself conservative off the tee, get on the fairway and from there allow my irons to attack.
Preparation has gone amazing. My team and I have worked really hard leading into this week. I feel comfortable when I’m here to stay lose, play some golf, and really just see how the golf course is changing day by day. But we feel good."
John Rahm: "These are thing of life"
Jon Rahm watched the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday in television due to his COVID-19 isolation. In a statement, he said: "These are circumstances that happen in life, and they were still competing for the event, and I'm still a student and avid fan of the game, so, yeah, I was watching.
To be honest, I was kind of wondering how close they were going to get to 18 under at the same time. I was a little bit scared because, even though I was feeling fine, I didn't want to give the virus to anybody in my house.
I didn't want to possibly give it to our young son. The hardest part out of all this was for just over 10 days not being able to even spend any time with my little one. Adding to that… I wasn't there when my parents met my son, and I hadn't seen my parents in over a year, almost a year and a half.
Those are the hard parts about this virus in life. To all the people criticizing the PGA TOUR, they shouldn't. We are in a pandemic, and even though this virus has very different forms of attacking people, you never know what reaction you're going to get.
So the PGA TOUR did what they had to do. The CDC rules are there for a reason. There are players that missed the World Series last year. There are other athletes that have missed events. I've heard a lot of different theories: I should have played alone; that's nonsense.
The rules are there, and it's clear. I still have the memory of all those great golf shots I played. I'm going to choose to remember that. I've been playing really good golf all year. Two weeks ago, it's finally clicking all together like I was waiting for it to happen.
Finally everything was firing on all cylinders. Not that I'm expecting to play that perfect again, but I know that I can play at a really high level. I wish I was a little bit more prepared… but once you tee off Thursday, it doesn't matter.
You go do a job. Was it 13 years ago Tiger won on pretty much a broken knee without really being prepared? Once the gun goes off, it doesn't matter. So in that sense, I'm still confident."