A victory at this week’s Workday Charity Open in Ohio will move Jon Rahm to the summit of the Official World Golf Ranking.
With current world No 1 Rory McIlroy absent from the field to tee off at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday, the Spaniard will have the opportunity to leapfrog McIlroy should he claim victory come Sunday.
The world No 2 has been paired alongside Viktor Hovland and Gary Woodland for the event as players hone preparations for next week’s all-important Memorial Tournament.
Rahm has been knocking on the door ever since McIlroy moved to the top of the rankings in February and having won last year’s Race to Dubai, claiming the No 1 ranking for the very first time in his career will be rich reward for his consistency in recent years.
Despite the absence of some notable stars such as McIlroy and last week’s winner Bryson DeChambeau, the Workday Charity Open will still offer a highly competitive field with Brooks Koepka making it clear this week that he is ready to get back to his best again.
The former world No 1 has been grouped alongside Justin Thomas and Jason Day, while South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli is back in action after testing positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago.
He will be joined by Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and MJ Daffue following last week’s poor local effort at the Rocket Mortgage Classic where no South African made the cut after the second round.