Memorial Recap: Rahm Reaches No. 1

Memorial Recap: Rahm Reaches No. 1

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

The Memorial Tournament is not a major, is not close to a major. But virtually all the best golfers in the world were there. And that never happens — except at a major. So there was something very big about this tournament, something special about winning this tournament.

Therefore it was fitting that after Jon Rahm survived some rocky moments to be the last man standing on a wild day at Muirfield Village, he officially became the best golfer in the world, ascending to the No. 1 ranking. Rahm overtook Rory McIlroy and is the 24th No. 1 in the OWGR era, the 10th European and the second Spaniard after the late Seve Ballesteros.

Rahm, 25, has of course never won a major, not even a WGC or a playoff event. He has 10 worldwide titles, all since 2017, including the 2017 Farmers and two DP World Tour Championships, the European Tour's season-ending equivalent to the Tour Championship.

Rahm has been among the top guys in world for a few years now, so becoming No. 1 isn't really a surprise. But the fact that it happened now is, coming on the heels of the poorest stretch of golf of his young career — no top-25s in four consecutive events since the restart. He never had gone so long without a top-25 in his 100 career OWGR tournaments. Rahm did tie for 27th a week ago at the Workday Charity Open, with a final-round 64, so there was some semblance

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Len Hochberg
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