Jon Rahm says his Mexico Open triumph was inspired by playing with 15-time major champion Tiger woods.
On Sunday, the Spaniard won his seventh PGA Tour title and 14th tournament overall after finishing a battle ahead of U.S. trio Tony Finau, Brandon Wu and Kurt Kitayama at 17 under par.
So far this year, Rahm has struggled to produce his best form, and his victory at Vidanta Vallarta in Mexico is his first of the season.
Last month at the Masters, the 27-year-old played with Woods in the final round, and Rahm believes experience was the key to his recent success.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I think the Sunday with Tiger in Augusta gave me a lot of confidence. I was a little technical in my approach. Too technical. I’m an emotional player.
‘That Sunday I just hit the golf ball. Make the swings you want to make. And I shot a three-under without having my best stuff. ‘
Ever since he was a child, Rahm has idolized Woods and previously revealed that he read the icon’s book after his 1997 Masters victory.
After beating the 46-year-old in the Ryder Cup single at Le Golf National in 2018, Rahm described the victory as one of the best moments of his life.
Meanwhile, the current US Open champion has previously expressed his frustration that Woods rejected his requests for tips on certain courses.
His victory at the Mexico Open has brought him back into the winning circle for a crucial period in the golf calendar with this year’s second major – the USPGA – starting later this month, followed by the US Open in June and the Open in July.
Rahm added: ‘It feels good to have this first victory completed. Early in the season, I had a few chances and I couldn’t shut it out.
‘Today was a match, but I got it done. My first wire-to-wire victory. Even though it was hard in the end, I take it. ‘
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