Jon Rahm excited ahead of return to Open de France

Jon Rahm is eagerly awaiting his return to Le Golf National this week for his second appearance at the Open de France.

The Spaniard, who finished in a tie for 10th last year, says he’s a massive fan of the course that will host the Ryder Cup later this year.

“It’s probably one of my favourite courses all year, not only on the European Tour but worldwide,” said Rahm, 23. “From the first shot to the last it’s challenging, it’s beautiful and it’s not long.

“Just the beauty of it, it’s one of the courses I enjoy the most. It’s not a case of going to the tee and hitting driver as hard as you can, it actually makes you think.

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“You need to hit good golf shots and you pretty much need to hit every golf shot there is. So yeah, it’s a great week, a great venue, a great event and a great city. Nothing better I can think of.

“Last year, it’s funny I remember this because it was a very unexpected top ten. I did not play my best golf but I did fight my way through to have a good finish, which it’s that type of course.

“It’s a great golf course but it’s very difficult. It’s fair, you can think your way around it and if you’re smart enough, you can actually get a score but to win you need to play extremely good. It’s a prestigious event and one in my career I would love to win.”