Rahm tells Spanish teenage tennis star to embrace the routine
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Tulsa (United States) (AFP) – Reigning US Open golf champion Jon Rahm of Spain has some advice for fellow teenage tennis star Carlos Alcaraz: Get into the routine and get to work.
World number two Rahm praised the 19-year-old Spanish sensation on Monday as he prepared for Thursday’s start of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
Alcaraz, who won his first ATP title in March in Miami, won his second earlier this month in Madrid, beating 20-time Grand Slam winners Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as third-placed Alexander Zverev en route. to the crown and a jump to sixth in the world rankings.
“Pretty impressive, especially in the world of tennis. He’s got some big shoes to fill,” Rahm said.
“Spain historically has had great tennis players, and with Rafa there it can be probably daunting but really exciting for someone like him as well.
“He got off to a good start. I hope he can continue and be a great champion.”
Rahm’s advice was to stick with his diet and work habits even if he was tempted to make changes following early success.
“Believe in yourself and keep working, I would probably tell him,” Rahm said.
“You see a lot of people…they win a major championship and they decide they need to change things up because they need it to improve.
“There’s a reason it got to this point. Just keep using this routine and keep improving. You don’t have to do a full 180 flip. Just keep believing in yourself, keep going. practice and keep practicing and the results will come.”
Rahm did it this week in hopes of adding to his major title, which started last June at Torrey Pines.
The 27-year-old Spaniard picked up a win two weeks ago at the Mexican Open, Rahm’s seventh career US PGA triumph and first since last year’s US Open.
“I don’t know if I needed more confidence, but a win is a win. It was a good win,” Rahm said.
“I hadn’t had my best year so far. I had some really good finishes, but since Torrey I wasn’t really relevant in the rankings, so it was good to be up there and achieve victory.”
Rahm says tee shots will be crucial to attacking the course this week, but Southern Hills will test every facet of his game.
“If you’re tough, you might not be able to bowl aggressively,” Rahm said. “You have to hit a lot of fairways here.
“Everything has to be good. Iron game, short game, putting, driving, everything – otherwise something will have to really excel for something else to miss.”
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