DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Jon Rahm can have a luxurious subsequent yr few second-year execs get: he’ll have the ability to focus strongly on the key championships.

Rahm picked up the European Tour’s Rookie of the Yr award on the eve of the $eight million DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The 22-year-old Spaniard is at the moment fourth on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, over 1.6 million factors forward of nearest rookie competitor Jordan Smith.

The Arizona State participant gained this yr’s Dubai Obligation Free Irish Open, completed runner-up within the WGC–Dell Applied sciences Match Play, third within the WGC–Mexico Championship and 10th within the French Open.

He’s the primary Spaniard to win the rookie title since Pablo Larrazabal in 2008, and joins Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (2005), Sergio Garcia (1999), and Jose Maria Olazabal (1986) as former Spanish winners.

“To be sitting right here fourth within the Race to Dubai, enjoying the way in which I’ve performed within the Rolex Collection, changing into rookie of the yr once I wasn’t even a member can be a particular feeling,” Rahm stated. “By no means in one million years would I’ve anticipated what I’ve performed this yr. I do know it’s laborious to maintain it going, however hopefully I can.”

Many gamers have made an enormous splash of their rookie seasons solely to crash in Yr 2. Rahm is wanting again to his school profession for inspiration

“A considerably related feeling is my third yr in school; I went to No. 1 on the earth, gained 4 instances, gained the Ben Hogan (Award),” Rahm stated. “I reassessed my objectives and had a good higher last yr. So I’ll simply maintain doing what I’ve performed till now.”

That’s why his focus for 2018 will probably be on the 4 tournaments that basically matter.

“Each participant has a formulation and I feel discovering that formulation is likely one of the most crucial issues with regards to main championships,” Rahm stated. “After one yr I don’t know what my formulation is. I haven’t performed my greatest golf within the majors. I feel discovering that formulation is the primary factor I take from this yr.”

The precocious Spaniard has the offseason to learn the way he can peak 4 instances subsequent season.