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Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Jon Rahm  (Getty Images)
Jon Rahm (Getty Images)

Jon Rahm will be feeling right at home as he goes in search of a first Major win at the U.S. Open Championship.

The Spaniard has won twice in California before and has compared the conditions at Pebble Beach Golf Links to those in his native northern Spain.

Since his top five finish at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the World Number 13 has eight top tens worldwide and arrives on the west coast full of confidence.

"My record in California has been pretty good," he said. "I think it's a couple of reasons. Where I grew up in northern Spain, it's somewhat similar to California - very similar coastline and very similar golf courses. So I feel comfortable.

"And I think the second reason was growing up on poa annua greens, it's something that I'm comfortable on. I'm comfortable reading those greens.

"More so than any other week I know that we're going to miss putts. It just happens when poa annua comes and it's just hard to make them.

"Unless you're Tiger in 2000, you don't miss a putt inside six to ten feet, that rarely happens. If you can be patient and have a decent putting week, you're definitely going to probably beat the average on the golf course.

"I'm just comfortable in this type of weather. Anytime it's between 60 and 70 degrees and a little breeze, it's right where I grew up. It's that nostalgic feeling to being back at home without really being there, it makes me comfortable."

It's that nostalgic feeling to being back at home without really being there, it makes me comfortable - Jon Rahm

Since finishing as low amateur at this event in 2016, Rahm has missed the last two cuts but he is hopeful he can have a good week this time around.

"I think the main difference from last year is I've been putting a little bit better, especially inside six feet," he said. "And that's definitely helped keep rounds going and keep it more together. Hopefully I can putt good inside six feet here because it will be important.

"Definitely important to make pars and make a couple of good putts around here but if I can keep hitting off the tee like I have and the rest stay what has been going on average, I have a chance on Sunday."

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T3RAHM, JonESP18-7
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