The one thing that is on the tongues of everyone involved with golf at the moment is the Ryder Cup. The 2023 edition kicked off on Friday from Rome, Italy. The first day saw Team Europe demolish Team USA to take a strong lead. It was clear that the visitors were struggling from the start and Jon Rahm made sure he gave the fans something to laugh about. In an incredible moment, he would point out Sam Burns’ driving shot.
Rahm, the current World No.3 and reigning Masters Champions has always shown his hilarious side when he is not blunting out curse words. He would hilariously take a slight dig at Burns during the foursomes event and point out to the crowd where the American’s ball would land.
Rahm would team up with Tyrell Hatton to take on the pairing of Scottie Scheffler (the current World No. 1) and Burns in the first foursomes match. The European duo dominated from the start and kept on going. The Spaniard almost managed a hole-in-one at the seventh hole. Meanwhile, the Americans struggled heavily. Scheffler was once again haunted by his putting games, while Burns was unable to drive it properly.
At the 14th hole, the duo of Rahm and Hatton was 4-0 up and looked to cruise to victory. During this Burns seemingly snap-hooked a shot. Rahm showed off his quick skills and pointed out to the audiences, the direction where the ball would eventually land. His reaction is now making rounds on social media. Check it out below.
Before the tournament even started, the pressure was on Team Europe. Having lost some big names this year, the team this year consists of several newcomers. This meant that the responsibility to steer the team toward glory fell heavily on Jon Rahm. The current Masters champion would show why he is the rightful owner of the green jacket this year as he shined on Day 1.
At the Ryder Cup press conference, he mentioned how he spoke to fellow Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia, one of the European Ryder Cup legends. He claimed he spoke to him and sought his guidance and wanted to lead the team towards victory. Whatever advice he got from the veteran probably worked out well as Rahm shined in the foursomes and four-ball events.
His coordinated team play with Tyrell Hatton followed by four-ball play with young Nicolai Hojgaard at the end of the day has earned him praise. After enjoying a great day at the greens, he would go on to celebrate wildly. This sparked a war with Brooks Koepka, who called him out as a “child“.
Rahm has so far not responded to the criticism of the LIV Golf star. It is likely he would continue to do the talking on the pitch and help his side secure the glorious trophy again. A great performance on Day 2 could see them put one hand on the prize before Sunday’s play even kicks off.
Vinay Dave is a Content Writer for US Sports at FirstSportz. A Journalism graduate from Mumbai. His life revolves around sports. Apart from being a massive Aaron Judge fan, he also follows Cricket, Wrestling and Football. In his free time, Vinay can be spotted listening to 70s music or watching anime.
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