Can Jon Rahm's historic rise lead to a Claret Jug at the British Open Championship?
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Can Jon Rahm’s historic rise lead to a Claret Jug at the British Open Championship?

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Jon Rahm is once again in the world top 10 after a dominant, six-shot win in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart in Northern Ireland.

Rahm opened with 65 on Thursday and closed with a field-torching 65 on Sunday. Paired with 5-under 67s in the middle rounds, Rahm posted a tournament-record total of 24-under 264.

Even had Rahm been penalized two strokes for improperly replacing his ball on the sixth green in the final round, he still would have won the title in a romp.

Suddenly, the Spaniard now has two worldwide wins in 2017, backing up his breakthrough PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open in February in San Diego with this statement maiden win on the European Tour. Rahm's surge to the top 10 in the world was historic, with only Tiger Woods getting into the OWGR top 10 in fewer career starts as a professional. It has been a stunning rise for Rahm, too, as he began his professional career after finishing as low amateur at the 2016 U.S. Open ranked 551st in the world.

The fruits of the win are obvious, as Rahm catapults back into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, now standing eighth in the world before The Open Championship 2017. He also sheds doubt that crept in about Rahm after poor performances in missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour and at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in June.

That newfound confidence in Rahm is reflected in the sports betting community, with Rahm's Open Championship betting odds now only higher than Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Depending on where you're shopping, you can find Rahm priced in the 12-to-1 to 16-to-1 range.

Of course, questions remain about the 22-year-old. His temper got the best of him at Muirfield Village and in the year's second major, with Rahm slamming clubs, kicking the ground and cursing audibly throughout his four poor rounds that led to two missed cuts. If he can get off to a good start at Royal Birkdale in The Open, like he did at Portstewart, it's hard to imagine Rahm not being a threat to finish in the top 10, if not win his first major championship.


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