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San Diego’s finest: Jon Rahm back at friendly Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Billy Casper and Mickey Wright were undeniable homegrown greats. Phil Mickelson is clearly San Diego’s most accomplished and beloved golfer of the modern era, and Tiger Woods has racked up a slew of memorable wins at Torrey Pines in his home state.

Jon Rahm is a Spaniard who lives in Arizona, yet he also occupies a prominent place in San Diego’s golf landscape — and he’s hoping to make it even bigger this week.

The world’s top-ranked player leads a packed field to the edge of the California coast for the first round of the Farmers Insurance . . .

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Top-ranked Rahm back in California desert after 2-year break

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Rahm is back in the California desert for The American Express after a two-year break. It feels as though the top-ranked Spaniard never left his Arizona home.

“I would say the demographic might be a little bit older here, but it pretty much is the Scottsdale of California,” Rahm said Wednesday.

After winning the 2018 tournament in a playoff and finishing sixth the following year, the burly former Arizona State player couldn’t fit the event . . .

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Rahm, Smith pull away at Kapalua on day of record scoring

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Jon Rahm sees only one possibility if he wants to start the new year with a win and that’s to try to birdie as many holes as he can at Kapalua in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

And this from a guy who was tied for the lead Saturday.

Then again, Rahm had just walked off the course after exchanging great shots and big putts with Cameron Smith over the final three . . .

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Kapalua means time for Rahm and Cantlay to get back to work

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The sweeping views of the Pacific beyond the lush landscape of Kapalua put the soul at ease and can make the first PGA Tour event of the year feel like part work, part vacation.

Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm have had enough of the latter.

Rahm, the No. 1 player in the world, will have gone 83 days since he last hit a shot that counted when he tees off Thursday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

He shot 74 to miss the cut in the Andalucia Masters three weeks after the Ryder Cup and was so fried that he said, “This is the first time in my . . .

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Rahm preparing for US Open after positive COVID-19 test

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The hard part, at first, was having to walk off the course with a six-shot lead and no chance to finish the tournament. Learning on national TV that he had tested positive for COVID-19 didn’t help, either.

Once the initial shock wore off, Jon Rahm shifted his focus away from the course. Concern became the overwhelming emotion, for himself, his wife and infant son, his parents, who had just flown in from Spain.

“I wasn’t there when my parents met my son and I hadn’t seen my parents in over a year, almost a year and a half. Those are . . .

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Coronavirus knocks Rahm out of Memorial after 6-shot lead

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm walked off the 18th green after tying the 54-hole record and building a six-shot lead, leaving him on the cusp of joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of the Memorial.

Moments later, he doubled over behind the green and said in anguish, “Not again!”

Rahm was notified he tested positive for the coronavirus, knocking him out of the tournament.

A command performance, that included a hole-in-one Saturday morning to complete his second round followed by an . . .

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