Rahm can pass McIlroy for World Number 1 with PGA victory

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Spain’s second-ranked Jon Rahm can overtake Rory McIlroy and become world number one for the first time with a victory at this week’s United States (US) PGA Workday Charity Open.

The 25-year-old Spaniard tees off yesterday alongside reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland and Norway’s Viktor Hovland at Muirfield Village in the opening round.

Four-time major champion McIlroy of Northern Ireland has topped the rankings since February, just before the start of a three-month hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

But with McIlroy idle this week ahead of next week’s Memorial tournament over the same mid-Ohio layout, Rahm has a chance to swipe the top spot with a victory in the new event, created to fill a gap in the schedule after the John Deere Classic was called off due to COVID-19 issues.

Rahm credits his willingness to fight for every shot as a reason his results have been consistent enough to give him a chance to reach the top.

Jon Rahm. PHOTO: AP