Jon Rahm’s unlikely connection to Kendrick Lamar & Eminem

Alex Myers discusses the PGA Tour’s newest star from Spain — and the role that rap lyrics have played in his development.

Released on 1/31/2017

Transcript

00:00
So, Jon Rahm won his first PGA Tour title
00:02
at the Farmers Insurance Open
00:04
and golf fans found out a lot
00:06
about this 22-year-old rising star.
00:09
He's low, he's clutch,
00:11
and he can really putt.
00:13
Oh yeah, while Rahm was a student at Arizona State,
00:16
he also learned English in part
00:18
by studying the esteemed works of Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
00:22
Yes, the rappers.
00:24
You see, Rahm hails from Spain
00:26
and when he enrolled as a freshman
00:27
he barely knew any English,
00:29
but he dug into his textbooks
00:31
and he dug even deeper into his hip hop playlist
00:34
to overcome his language barrier.
00:36
Welcome to Rap Lyrics 101.
00:38
There's been no barrier, though,
00:39
for the world's best amateur golfer
00:41
finding quick success on the PGA Tour.
00:44
How good is Rahm's golf game?
00:46
Put it this way,
00:47
his college coach, Tim Mickelson,
00:49
quit his job and followed Rahm to the pros
00:52
to be his manager.
00:54
Smart move.
00:55
Then there's Tim's brother Phil,
00:57
who has already called Rahm
00:59
one of the best players in the world.
01:02
Phil found that out the hard way
01:03
when he recently shot a 66 against him
01:06
in a friendly match and got killed.
01:09
And if you're doing damage to Phil Mickelson's wallet,
01:12
you can do damage on the PGA tour.
01:14
♫ Kid's got so much game he's already in Phil's pocket.
01:17
♫ Better size him up,
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♫ he's about to win green jackets.
01:21
Ah, that doesn't even rhyme.
01:23
(pen scratching)
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Anyway, after earning his first
01:28
of what will probably be many PGA Tour titles,
01:30
Rahm named a couple of the rap songs he memorized
01:33
and told reporters you can look them up, they're good.
01:37
Better yet Jon,
01:38
why don't you break off a few bars
01:40
at your next press conference.
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