This year, with a pandemic and everything, there have been 3 great milestones of Spanish golf that marked history, and that position our country on the golf map in style.
Jon Rahm, number one in world golf
At the age of 25, Jon Rahm became the number one in world golf after winning the Memorial Tournament in mid-July. In this way, Rahm became the second Spanish and ninth European golfer to lead world golf.
The golfer thus joins his name with that of the greats of golf since this classification was established in 1986, with the German Bernhard Langer as the first world number one. Now Rahm, who has replaced Northern Irishman Mcllory at the top of the table, joins the list of illustrious golfers. His youth, his humility, and his desire to continue learning are his best weapons to go much further.
Although he has not yet added any major, his professional record already includes top-class tournaments, all marked by regularity. The Memorial is his fourth PGA Tour title, following the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open, the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, and the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Solheim Cup for the first time in Spain
Spain will host the 2023 Solheim Cup in the spectacular route of Finca Cortesín, Andalusia, and the scheduled dates for the competition will shortly be specified. The United States and Europe will face each other in Spain for the first time in the history of the tournament, a milestone that once again places our country in the forefront of sports and that adds to the long list of major top-level events (World Cup 1982 football, 1986 basketball World Cup, Barcelona 92 JJ OO, Ryder Cup 97, Copa América 2007 and 2010, etc.) held in our country.
Although the Ladies European Tour makes its debut in the organization, Spain has a long history as a host country for top-level golf events, such as the 1997 Ryder Cup or the 75 LET tournaments and the LET Access Series that have taken place in its fields. To these figures we must add the test that will serve as the culmination of the 2020 calendar of the LET, the Andalusia Costa del Sol Open in Spain, which will also culminate this year’s order of merit, the Race to Costa del Sol. Spain becomes the 6th European country to host this competition after Scotland, the most recent venue on European soil, Wales, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany.
Sergio García triumphs on the PGA Tour
The golfer achieves his first victory on the American circuit since the 2017 Masters. It would be his 36th professional victory, eleventh on the PGA Tour.
Garcia then closed his eyes to kick. More than looking at the ball, he felt it. It was a short, easy putt. It was in his mind as much as in his hands. Without looking, he hit the ball. When he looked again, he was already inside. As he had done throughout the tournament and they had discovered the cameras in an unusual image, that of a golfer kicking with his eyes closed. It is a technique that he has used for a long time and one that he has now grasped again to resurface.
The year is not over yet, we expect great surprises to come.