Jon Rahm Makes Feelings Clear About Rookie Davis Thompson Ahead of Sunday PGA Tour Showdown

Published 01/22/2023, 12:15 AM EST

After winning the Tournament of Champions, Jon Rahm was aiming higher. He had expectations of becoming number one after the conclusion of The American Express Championship. However, his expectations were brought down soon due to OWGR rules. Also, the PGA Tour rookie, Davis Thompson, emerged with great potential to win. Speculations began that Thompson was a threat to Rahm. However, the Spanish golfer finally clarified things in a recent press conference.

Saturday ended on a good note for Rahm at The American Express. He shared the lead with tour rookie Thompson after shooting a 7-under 65 on the Stadium Course at PGA West. On the Stadium Course, one of three venues for the first three rounds, Rahm, the fourth-ranked player in the world and the champion at Kapalua two weeks ago, and Thompson will make up the final group.

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Since both are tied for the lead, it becomes a huge question of who will take the trophy home. However, let’s now see what Rahm thinks about his competitor and clear our doubts.

Is Jon Rahm impressed by Davis Thompson?

According to Rahm, Thompson is at a stop where he has the potential of getting a couple coming in. Even though the former number-one golfer had never met Thompson before, he had views for the emerging star. However, he believes that going up against the rookie can be a potential advantage for him. He said, “I think you can — a lot of people could have said that the first time Jordan Spieth won, the first time I won, the first time a lot of people won. So do you have an advantage? I don’t know.”

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Even though the Memorial Tournament winner has the experience of being in that spot, it will be challenging competing against Thompson. Talking about the rookie, Rahm said, “he’s no slouch, obviously. He’s done what he’s done. At the end of the day, it’s you against you. You can only control what you’re doing.” Despite being his competitor, Rahm had words of appreciation for the emerging PGA star. Rahm believes that Thompson is doing an excellent job, and he’s playing fantastic golf.

The 23-year-old rookie shot a 67 on the Stadium Course on Saturday. He tied the Spanish golfer for the lead at 23-under 193 and ended his streak of eagles in the Southern California desert. Thompson was leading through the first two rounds after recording five eagles. However, he narrowly missed a 35-foot birdie putt on hole number 18. This putt could have given him a 1-stroke advantage.

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Who do you think will win the championship? Rahm or Thompson?

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Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

Edited By: Gideon Mathson

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