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Phil Mickelson says Rahm is ‘one of world’s best’

Phil Mickelson has said he believes Jon Rahm is one of the world’s best golfers after securing his maiden PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rahm eagled the 13th and 18th holes at Torrey Pines to clinch a perfect three-shot victory from Charles Howell III and Cheng Tsung Pan, a win which moved the former world No.1 amateur inside the world top 50 (No.46) for the first time.

“Jon doesn’t have weaknesses,” said Mickelson, who finished six shots adrift of Rahm in T14. “Every part of his game is a strength. I think he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s more than just a good young player.

“I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders and he has that.

“He wants to know exactly where he stands, what he has to do and he intends to go do it. He’s a very tough competitor. I think a lot of him.”

Rahm arrived in the US in 2012 with very little English language skills, but managed to learn just enough during the early part of his career to get by.

“Once I realised what kind of person he was and how much he was helping me mature as a person and my golf game, he really was a reference,” Rahm explained. “I kind of treated him as my dad in the States.

“Not quite my dad, right, but if I ever needed advice, I would go to him. If I was ever in trouble, I would go to him. I would never hide anything from him and that’s how it worked out.

“You know, just to have the support of the Mickelson family the way I do, they truly are an amazing family. I’ve met most of them and they’re really inspiring. To have the support is really dear to me.”


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