Rory McIlroy may be done for the year, Dustin Johnson’s on vacation, same for Jordan Spieth.
Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas are in Malaysia.
World’s No. 5, Jon Rahm, is going Italian on us.
Rahm has his focus on the Race To Dubai, the European Tour’s FedEx Cup deal. And Rahm is in prime position to make a stretch run.
Tommy Fleetwood is the leader in the Race points followed by Rahm’s countryman — Sergio Garcia. All three will be paired for rounds one and two at the Golf Club Milano.
“It became a goal of mine after Ireland,” Rahm said of the Race To Dubai.
“Before that, I wasn’t really anywhere in the Race to Dubai. I was up there after Mexico but after winning in Ireland, I really became conscious of the fact that I could win it.
“It became a goal of mine, especially once I learned that nobody since Seve (Ballesteros) from Spain has won it.”
Rahm’s pretty jazzed about his pairing with Garcia and Fleetwood.
“And then Tommy, who is closer to my age, and is just a great guy. He’s been playing some great golf and on top of that, he’s won twice this year in Abu Dhabi and France.
“He’s leading the Race to Dubai and he’s playing some outstanding golf worldwide.
“He very, very much deserves to be in the number one spot right now and I’ll be looking forward to playing with him.”
Rahm also likes the fact that many of the European Tour events are on older, more traditional golf courses than the ones he sees on the PGA Tour.
“The course is fantastic. It’s always great to come back to Europe and play all those traditional golf courses that I don’t play in the States that often.
“Courses that are 60, 70, 80 or a hundred years old.
“It hasn’t been altered much and it’s beautiful to play, and it’s really, really fun and I really enjoy it, so hopefully I can play some good golf.”