Golf: World No. 1 Jon Rahm to take 4-week break to rest and recover after sensational season

Jon Rahm, 26, finished the season as the No. 1 golfer in the world.
Jon Rahm, 26, finished the season as the No. 1 golfer in the world.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MADRID (REUTERS) - US Open champion Jon Rahm said he is going to take four weeks off to rejuvenate after missing the cut at the Andalucia Masters in his native Spain.

"This is the first time in my life that I don't want to see a golf club," the Spaniard told reporters. "And this comes from someone who loves this sport, and after a year in which some pretty good things have happened to me."

The seven-over 78 he recorded last Thursday (Oct 14) tied his worst round as a professional, and he finished 16 strokes behind eventual winner Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Rahm said he simply needs a mental refresher.

It has been a whirlwind year for Rahm. He became a father in April, was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament in June while leading by six strokes because of a positive Covid-19 test and won his first Major championship that same month. But he could not compete in the Tokyo Olympics in August due to another positive test, then finished 3-1-1 at the Ryder Cup in September.

"More than my body, it is my mind that can't take it," he said. "If we add it all up, I need to rest."

Rahm, 26, finished the season as the No. 1 golfer in the world. He had 15 top-10 finishes, including in all three season-ending playoff events.