The Open Championship is returning this week after the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to cancel the major in 2020. One of the players who will draw the most attention is Jon Rahm.
The Spaniard is one of the best golfers in the world right now thanks to a particular swing he developed because of a past physical deformity.
Rahm was born with a club foot on his right leg, which meant the bones in his ankles had to be broken in order for the form to be corrected. The 26-year-old recently spoke about it in an interview with the Independent ahead of the British Open.
“So when I was born they basically pretty much broke every bone in the ankle and I was casted within 20 minutes of being born from the knee down,” Rahm said. “I think every week I had to go back to the hospital to get re-casted, so from the knee down my leg didn’t grow at the same rate. So I have very limited ankle mobility in my right leg. It’s a centimetre and a half shorter, as well.”
In addition, Rahm talked about how the condition helped his swing growing up.
“I didn’t take a full swing because my right ankle doesn’t have the mobility or stability to take it,” he said. “So I learned at a very young age that I’m going to be more efficient at creating power and be consistent from a short swing.”
When all is said and done, things turned out pretty well for Rahm. He won the 2021 U.S. Open and will look to build off that momentum at the British Open.
Rahm is the favorite to win the Open Championship at +850, according to BetOnline.ag.