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Northern Ireland would be great place to break my Major duck: Rahm

 

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

By Phil Casey

Jon Rahm has more reason than most to be grateful that The Open will be staged outside of Scotland or England for just the second time in its history.

Rahm is one of the favourites to claim a first Major title at Royal Portrush as The Open returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since Max Faulkner lifted the Claret Jug in 1951.

And although it is hard to argue with that fact on the basis of his second Irish Open victory in the space of three years at Lahinch, the Spanish star is well aware that his Open record leaves plenty to be desired.

"I think spending four years at college living in the States before turning pro had a lot to do with that," said Rahm, who has form of 59-44-MC in his three Open appearances to date.

"I got used to American golf and every time I come back it's kind of transitioning back to European golf. I think it's a coincidence that every time I play The Open I didn't come in in good form, technically my swing just wasn't there. And The Open is the trickiest one (of the Majors).

"I've been able to play well in Ireland, I have not been in able to play well in Scotland or England. Maybe it's just the country, maybe it's the course. But we are playing in Northern Ireland this year so hopefully that will help.

"I'm going into The Open Championship with confidence."

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