Rahm has gone from U.S. Open’s low amateur to major contender

ERIN, Wis. — Jon Rahm left his first U.S. Open with a gold medal for being the low amateur and no guarantees except for sponsor exemptions to play in six PGA Tour events in two months.

That was one year ago, and even Rahm finds it hard to believe how far he has come.

A year after his final event as an amateur, the 22-year-old Spaniard is one of the favorites at Erin Hills.

Rahm is No. 10 in the world rankings — only Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia held a higher spot at a younger age — and is less than five months removed from a win in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

“It’s truly amazing to me to just look how things have changed,” Rahm said Monday.

In last year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont, Rahm felt he started out giving the toughest test in golf a bit too much credit.

“I teed off a little too on the defensive side, tried to respect the golf course too much and not playing as aggressive as I did,” Rahm said.