Rahm on course for Major glory

Jon Rahm

The final Major of the season gets underway at Royal Portrush on Thursday and world number eight Jon Rahm looks ready to break his duck in one of the ‘big four’ tournaments.

Jon Rahm to win @ 14/1

Since turning professional in 2016, Rahm has been tipped to become a multiple-major winner and he has come close to landing his first title, having recorded two top-10 Masters finishes and a top-five result in both the US PGA (2018) and US Open (2019).

The Spaniard’s temperament has been questioned at times, leaving doubts as to whether he can win a Major, but at the age of 24, he has already won seven professional titles, four on the European Tour and three on the US circuit.

Rahm heads into the Northern Irish event on the back of his Irish Open victory – the second time he has won the tournament – and he is playing arguably the best golf of his career right now.

The Barrika-born star is also fourth in strokes average, ninth in strokes gained: off-the-tee, second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 15th in putts per round, and this could be the week he breaks his Major duck.

Matthew Fitzpatrick to win @ 66/1

Although Fitzpatrick’s Open record doesn’t make for great reading, the Englishman has been in decent form over the past couple of months and he recorded a confidence-boosting tied-14th finish at last week’s Scottish Open.

The 24-year-old was also second at the BMW International Open recently and his statistics on the European Tour suggest he is trending in the right direction to break his Major duck.

Fitzpatrick is third in stroke average, 12th in driving accuracy, 21st in strokes gained: tee-to-green, eighth in scrambling and putts per green in regulation and second in three-putt avoidance.

Henrik Stenson to win @ 28/1

Stenson is yet to pick up a win in 2019 but he has hit a purple patch of form over recent months and arrives in Northern Ireland on the back of a tied-fourth finish at the Scottish Open.

The 43-year-old has three top-10s from his last three outings and he has proven ability when it comes to playing links golf, having triumphed in the 2016 Open at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire.

Finding the fairway off the tee can often prove crucial when it comes to winning this tournament due to the punishing rough and this is an area the Swede has been impressive in this season, as he sits 21st in driving accuracy.

Stenson is also eighth in strokes gained: approach-the-green while he is 14th in scrambling, which has also proven to be a big factor when it comes to lifting the Claret Jug.

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