The Spaniard continued his country’s fine record at Augusta National when he slipped on the Green Jacket last month, in the process becoming the first European to win both the Masters and the U.S. Open.
A win this week would not only leave him an Open Championship away from the career grand slam but on course for the grand slam itself, with no player in the modern Major era having ever won all four in the same year.
The thought of three more Majors in 2023 was some way away, however, even for a man with six wins in his last 15 starts, and Rahm was taking things one step at a time.
“It doesn’t happen often that a player wins more than one Major in a year, so it would be amazing to be able to join my name to that list,” he said. “Latest to do it that I can remember was Brooks (Koepka in 2018).
“Before that, Jordan (Spieth) in 2015. So yeah, I would love to.
“If I were to win this week or The Open Championship, (the career grand slam) really becomes a true reality but winning two Majors is not easy and picking which ones you win is a little ludicrous to think about.
“I think winning the grand slam would absolutely be amazing but I think, without sounding too conceited or arrogant, I’d rather focus on the number of Majors you win than having the Grand Slam per sé.
“Obviously it would be amazing but the more you put yourself in the position to be able to win Majors, the more likely you might be to get it done.
“But it’s a very small number of players to do it, last one being Tiger (Woods). It’s obviously not an easy thing to accomplish.”
Rahm’s form is such that he has won his last three stroke play events on the DP World Tour, adding victories at the DP World Tour Championship and his home open to his Augusta glory.
That makes him understandably confident coming into this week and he intends to enjoy his purple patch, in the full understanding that it cannot last forever.
“I’m confident,” he said. “I feel good. It’s been a great year. It’s been an amazing year. I’m just hoping to keep adding more to it. It’s been a lot of fun and hopefully I can keep riding that wave.
“I think Arnie said it: the road to success is always under construction. It’s not a linear, constant path of improvement. It’s ups and downs.
“It’s not only in golf. That’s just life. The next day is not always better than the previous one. It’s just impossible to think that way. It’s never going to happen. You’ve just got to deal with it. Again, it’s sports.
“I think it would be ludicrous to think that you can always keep increasing your level of performance. That’s just impossible. There’s going to be downs.
“Even Tiger had downs. Maybe his downs were shorter, maybe his downs were different in his mind, but everybody had them. It is part of sports.
“I guess as a player you’ve got to hope that your low is not as low as others’. That’s all I can say.”