Spain's Rahm achieves a record impossible for Tiger or Nicklaus

Rahm regains the world No. 1 ranking after winning his third consecutive victory since the start of 2023, something not seen for almost 50 years.

Spanish golfer Jon Rahm continues to break records with his victory last weekend at the Genesis Invitational. In addition to regaining the world No. 1 ranking, this is his third consecutive PGA Tour victory since the start of 2023, a feat that not even Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus ever achieved.

Rahm equals 48-year old record

You have to go back to 1975 to see another start of the year like this one. At that time, it was Johnny Miller who achieved the milestone, which the Spaniard has now repeated - and may surpass - this year. In addition to the Genesis, he has won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and The American Express in La Quinta. Beyond 2023, the Basque player has accumulated five victories in the last nine tournaments he has played. In addition, he has not dropped out of the top 10 of a tournament since September 2022. This is his tenth win on the American circuit, surpassing Severiano Ballesteros and one behind the 11 of fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

Rahm's spectacular numbers this year have propelled him back to the top of the world golf rankings. He is no stranger to this position, having held it previously from July 2020 to April 2022. At the moment, the Basque golfer has an average of 9.51 points, compared to Scottie Scheffler's 9.00 and Rory McIlroy's 8.40, his fellow contenders in the classification rankings.

Leader again 10 months later

Rahm received the award from the hands of tournament host Tiger Woods. The Californian, who also participated in the tournament, was full of praise for the Basque native and stated: "He's the best in the world, and he's proven again why. Understand and respect how good he is." For his part, the world No. 1 expressed his feelings about the weekend: "It is an honor, and the truth is that I don't know how to explain how beautiful the week has been, how nice it has been today, how much fun it has been. Although stressful, it is very emotional. And to have Tiger Woods declare you as his tournament champion is an honor."

Rahm to reappear at the Arnold Palmer

Rahm will compete again at the Arnold Palmer, March 2-4.