‘Going to Take Everything I’ve Got’: Jon Rahm Ahead of His Decisive Match Against Ryan Palmer

Published 03/26/2021, 4:23 AM EDT
Mar 25, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Jon Rahm on the #1 tee during the second day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


The WGC-Dell Match Play 2021 will soon head into the knockout stages upon the completion of the third round. There is a list of incredible pairings to watch out in the final round, and all the attention is currently on Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer, as the duo face-off in a do-or-die battle in Group 3. 

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Jon Rahm is currently 2-0 in his first two rounds and is the clear favorite to head into the Round of 16 from his group. Victories against Sebastian Munoz and Shane Lowry have boosted his confidence ahead of the knockout stages, but the job just isn’t done yet.

The Spaniard has to notch up a win against 44-year-old Ryan Palmer to seal his R16 berth. Rahm, being quite a cautious player at match play events would know that he’d have to maintain his composure to defeat an experienced veteran like Palmer. 

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Jon Rahm is expecting a tough fight from Ryan Palmer

The final match in Group 3 is an exciting one. Rahm and Palmer are both 2-0 in their group, and the winner of their match will advance to the Round of 16. Palmer won his second-round contest via a last-moment surge, and Rahm is expecting a quality battle against him on Thursday. 

“Well, not going to expect many mistakes from him. He’s an absolute ball striker, and he’s a Texas man, which means in the wind and gusts and this kind of golf course, he’s comfortable. It’s going to take everything I’ve got,” Rahm said ahead of his match. 

Mar 24, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Jon Rahm gestures on fifth hole during the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Rahm is wary that Palmer has a lot of experience playing at the Austin Country Club. The 26-year-old has done his homework before the contest and looks forward to engaging in a fierce battle to determine the winner of Group 3. 

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“How I’ve been playing has been good enough. Hopefully, again, I can just maybe start a little bit better on the front nine and made a few birdies early and put the pressure on and just hit the pedal as far down as possible,” Rahm added. 

Jon Rahm won his first-round match 1-up against Munoz and the second, 2-up against Lowry. His upcoming opponent also has a similar winning record, and their match is the most anticipated one in the final group stage round at WGC-Dell Match Play. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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