Forget the algorithms.
Rely on the eye test and sizable soul of Jon Rahm, who believes himself to be the best player in the game at the moment, regardless of what the Official World Golf Ranking says.
The rankings have Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler, Cam Smith and Patrick Cantlay ranked ahead of Rahm, whose victory Sunday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions was as impressive as it was unlikely.
It was Rahm’s third victory in his last four worldwide starts, including the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Go all the way back to the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August and Rahm has finished outside the top eight just once in nine starts. When a T16 at the Tour Championship is the low water mark, the river’s running deep.
“I feel like since August I’ve been the best player in the world, I feel like, and I think a lot of us should feel like a lot of times we’re the best. Earlier in the year clearly Scottie was that player, then Rory was that player, and I feel like right now it’s been me,” Rahm said Sund...
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