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Jon Rahm admits to feeling the pressure of success

Jon Rahm admits the pressure is weighing on his shoulders as he tries to bounce back from a disappointing home debut with a strong showing to boost his hopes of winning the Race to Dubai.

Rahm played his first professional tournament in Spain at last week’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters, but missed the cut as host Sergio Garcia went on to lift the trophy.

That victory saw Garcia close the gap on Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood to under 800,000 points, while Rahm remains more than a million adrift heading into this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

However, a victory at Sheshan International could take Rahm to the top of the money list, depending on Fleetwood’s result. That would leave the 22-year-old in pole position to become the first Spanish European No.1 since Seve Ballesteros in 1991.

“I was sad not to make the cut in my home country and my home event but I come here hopeful,” said Rahm. “I feel like every time I miss the cut I become stronger the next week, so hopefully history repeats itself and I play good this week.

“The game feels good. Last week for me was a special week. A lot was going on, a lot more than I expected, so that’s maybe why I didn’t perform my best, you never know, but the game feels good.

“It’s a big week, especially with not going to Turkey and South Africa. I’ve decided to rest. This is my third week in a row and I may be putting a little pressure on myself because I know I need two good weeks to win the Race to Dubai.

“But if I don’t win and Tommy wins he’ll be a great, deserving winner. Hopefully I finish as high as I can. It’s been a great year so far, so just the fact that I have a chance is a blessing.”

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