Jon Rahm vs Collin Morikawa: How Did Two of the World’s Best Perform in 2021?

Published 12/31/2021, 2:45 PM EST
Aug 27, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Jon Rahm waves to fans after sinking his putt on the first hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters


As the year comes to an end, there are many golfers who excelled. As fans returned to the course, the Tours were back with some new events for golfers to win. For the majority of events they played, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa remained in limelight, ending the year as the No. 1 and No. 2 in the world respectively.

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While players like Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, and Daniel Berger were among those who created buzz, Morikawa and Rahm can be considered being in a league of their own. Even though Rahm and Morikawa both had their ups and downs throughout 2021, their wins and performance materialized their spots on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Let’s take a look at Rahm and Morikawa’s stats for the year, comparing the world’s best golfers.

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Collin Morikawa vs Jon Rahm: How did the world’s best perform in 2021?

While Rahm is ranked first, one can say that Morikawa’s 2021 has been just as eventful. With 21 total starts on the PGA Tour, Morikawa also bagged two wins for himself, World Golf Championships, Workday Championship at The Concession, and the Open Championship.

Rahm, on his end, had 19 total PGA Tour starts, winning the US Open in 2021. His COVID-19 diagnosis did affect his play a bit, withdrawing from play before the Tokyo Olympics. Though Rahm’s first half was impressive, he failed to perform while playing on the European Tour towards the end.

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Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. holds up his ball to the spectators on the eighteenth hole during the second round REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

He last played the Fortinet Championship (CUT), where many expected a better performance. The same goes for the Andalusia Masters where he missed the cut and the Open de Espana. Rahm finished T17 at the Spanish Open, which could have been an iconic win for the six-time PGA Tour winner.

Morikawa has also tasted success in the European Tour, becoming the first American player to finish first. Even his Ryder Cup matches were impressive, the 24-year-old going 3-0-1 while also securing Team USA’s winning putt. He last played at the Hero World Challenge, finishing T5.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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