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    Why Jon Rahm is golf’s prime UFC fighter, based on his exercise buddy

    Jon Rahm is certainly one of golf’s finest gamers … and fighters.

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    As anybody who’s performed with him will let you know, entering into the ring with Jon Rahm will not be a good suggestion.

    The foremost champ and former World No. 1 is among the most relentless rivals in professional golf — a participant whose ball-striking skillset makes him a nightmare to compete towards, and whose general expertise earned each the reward and ire of Phil Mickelson from an early age.

    However Rahm isn’t only a nice golfer, says former PGA Tour professional and present PGA Tour Champions grinder Michael Allen. He’s additionally a severely good fighter.

    A few of that’s because of the 27-year-old’s pitbull mentality. He doesn’t shrink back from a struggle, or from a second, as his victory on the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines final June proved.

    However a few of it’s also on account of Rahm’s off-course coaching, a routine that Allen says is as spectacular as his on-course skill.

    “I sit there and work out with Rahm on daily basis,” Allen instructed hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz on GOLF’s Subpar podcast this week. “I haven’t seen him swing in particular person. Phil Mickelson mentioned he’d by no means battle with him once more, trigger he’s that good.”

    Rahm’s secret, Allen says, is that his coaching strategies usually have little or no to do with golf.

    “I’ll let you know what, he’s superb to look at exercise,” he mentioned. “And you already know, this man Spencer’s obtained him coaching on this kickboxing factor along with his elbows. I’ll let you know what, he’s additionally the highest UFC fighter of all of the golfers on Tour.”

    Even with out having ever seen him swing a golf membership, Allen says he’s seen sufficient to find out the previous World No. 1 isn’t somebody he’d wish to owe cash to.

    “This man would do some harm to you, simply watching his exercise,” Allen mentioned. Simply letting you already know that, in case you do win cash from him, good luck getting it.”

    To listen to the remainder of Allen’s interview, together with the hilarious story of how a $10 Nassau obtained uncontrolled, try the hyperlink under.

    James Colgan Editor

    James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing tales for the web site and journal on a broad vary of subjects. He writes the Scorching Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and makes use of his broadcast expertise throughout the model’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse College, James — and evidently, his golf sport — remains to be defrosting from 4 years within the snow, throughout which era he minimize his tooth at NFL Movies, CBS Information and Fox Sports activities. Previous to becoming a member of GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Lengthy Island, the place he’s from.

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