Jon Rahm is trying ahead to feeling “good vibes” and the assist of the house crowd when he arrives at Royal Portrush for The 148th Open.
Rahm’s love affair with Ireland continued at Lahinch as he atoned for an erratic first two days with weekend rounds of 64 and 62 which earned him the Dubai Responsibility Free Irish Open title for the second time, having roared to a six-shot win at Portstewart in 2017.
The Spaniard completed two pictures away from Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger to say his third Rolex Collection victory, and his efficiency has elevated his confidence ranges as he heads into the ultimate main of the 12 months in lower than two weeks.
The 24-year-old has struggled in his three earlier Open appearances, ending 59th, 44th and lacking the reduce at Carnoustie final 12 months, however he has vowed to provide his greatest outcome but when the event returns to Portrush for the primary time since 1951.
“I’m going into The Open Championship with a lot of confidence,” stated Rahm, whose tie for third place on the US Open final month was his fourth top-10 end in a serious within the final two years. “It is the one main I have not had a great efficiency at and I wish to. It is a particular one.
“I’m excited as a result of it may be Northern Ireland, and I’m going to go to Portrush with a whole lot of good recollections and good vibes. I’m going to have big assist from the group and hopefully I can hold my good golf going into Ireland.
“I can’t wait to go to Portrush and visit the Harbour Bistro like I did every single night like I was there, I’m sure I’ll see a lot of people again and hopefully enjoy the week and play the best Open I’ve played so far.”
Rahm’s win at Lahinch was his 10th top-10 end in 14 begins on the European Tour and PGA Tour in 2019, and he believes his improved psychological power and rising maturity has eager a key think about his constant run of outcomes.
“It’s not doing anything necessarily better or special, really, compared to my first two years,” he added. “However I assume I’m just a bit extra level-headed, somewhat bit extra mature, slowly rising up and all that helps.
“I’m nonetheless 24, so there’s a whole lot of rising as much as do up up to now and a whole lot of rising as much as do any further. That is the primary distinction in my golf sport on this 12 months and years previous.”
And, when requested in regards to the precedence for his preparation forward of The Open, Rahm stated: “Quite than grind away and put on myself out and tire my physique out, simply calm down my thoughts and ensure I’m in the appropriate mindset to play a event.
“That’s what I’ve been doing a lot this year especially before majors. Just make sure my competitive mind is rested and ready to go. Hopefully, I’ll have a good showing like I’ve been doing the last few times in Ireland.”