US OPEN

How rapping helped Jon Rahm master English

Jon Rahm

Spanish star Jon Rahm has revealed how RAPPING helped him master English.

Speaking ahead of this week’s US Open, where he is one of the favourites to land the year’s second major at Erin Hills, the 22-year-old said that he realised he needed to get a better command of the language when he moved from the Basque Country in his homeland to attend Arizona State University.

“I'll never forget my first class,” said Rahm. “I went to micro economic principles. The class had about 365 students, the teacher was speaking with a microphone, and I could not understand a single word. The first month, it was a little bit uphill.”

Things took a turn for the better after one of his fellow players on the ASU Sun Devils golf team introduced him to rap.

“Memorising those lyrics helped out with enunciation and pronunciation,” he added. “Having to be able to say those words at a fast pace helped me out a lot. I'm not kidding.

Read more - 10 things you NEED to know about the US Open

Jon Rahm1

Quiz - Can you name the last 40 US Open champions?

“[Before that] it was hard. When people talked to me it was a long process for me to translate that sentence from English to Spanish, understand it, think what I wanted to say and translate it from Spanish to English. It was at least a ten to 15-second process where I just felt really awkward. A lot of times I responded yes or no when the question was nothing related to yes or no. It really was a struggle.”

After a blistering start to his professional career, which included a maiden PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, the world No.10 is going off as low as 18/1 to win this week’s US Open – a year on from being the low amateur at Oakmont.  

“It's truly amazing to me to just look how things have changed,” he added. “I think I've learned a lot as a player. I’ve gained a lot of confidence. My ball striking has improved a lot. I hope I can keep it going.”

Rahm gets his title tilt underway on Thursday at 2.51pm (UK) alongside Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST T-SERIES IRONS BATTLE
Titleist
play button
TITLEIST VOKEY SM8 WEDGES REVIEW – How important are fresh grooves?
Vokey
play button
G710 vs G410 vs i500 – Which PING iron is longest?
Ping
play button
14 CLUB CHALLENGE - THE AMATEUR EDITION!
14 Club Challenge
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Coronavirus: Top golf coach "recovering well"
Field finalised for rescheduled Masters
Tommy Fleetwood's caddie raises £10,000 for struggling colleagues
10 truths you need to know about The Masters
The Scots who started Augusta's 'Starter' custom

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How close to the golf ball should you stand?
Watch
play button
Strengthening your grip
Watch
play button
Stand closer to the golf ball at address
Callaway
play button
Stand closer to the ball
Watch
See all videos right arrow