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Jon Rahm world number 1 on Sunday?

Unlike last week, the Basque Jon Rahm will finally have the opportunity to climb to the top step of the podium this weekend. But it will be dependent on the result of Rory McIlroy, who is making his comeback in 2023 at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.

It is with a hundredths of a point and at a distance of 13,500 kilometers that there is a risk of being played world number 1 position this Sunday.

Engaged in San Diego (California) in the Farmers Insurance Openon the North & South courses of Torrey Pines, Jon Rahm dreams of becoming the first player since Dustin Johnson in 2017 to win three consecutive times.

Winner of four of his last six tournaments, the Spaniard is indisputably the “hottest” player of the momentbut the top of the hierarchy, which he occupied for fifteen weeks until the end of March last year at Match-Play World Championshipcontinues to elude him.

Rahm in his garden

With success in California at the site of his only Major victory and his first triumph on the PGA Tour, “Mercy” this time would be in pole position to reclaim the throne.

According to the account Twitter of the “guru” of forecasts (@nosferatu), a third place alone could be enough but it will also depend on the result of Rory McIlroy.

The current world number 1, who has not played in a tournament since his 4th place in Jumeirah for the final of the DP World Tour in November, won by its European rivalis back in the Emirates.

Hovland, the absentee who changes the game

Despite his presence, the number of points awarded to the winner of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour is still significantly lower than that of the PGA Tour tournament. 48.56 against 29.69, in particular due to the title holder’s absence from theEmirates Golf Club, Viktor Hovland.

11th in the world, the Norwegian could have tipped the scales but decided to take an extra week off after his 18th place in the Tournament of Champions earlier this year in Hawaii.

Note that with last minute packages, on one side or the other, the situation may still vary.

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