Column: Rahm just as determined in classroom as on course

Published 5:39 p.m. ET Jan. 9, 2018

HONOLULU (AP) — Jon Rahm never lacked for confidence with his golf.

His father needed a little more convincing.

That’s a big reason why Edorta Rahm was so bullish on his son leaving their small town of Barrika in the Basque region of northern Spain for college in America. Never mind that his son didn’t speak a word of English. This wasn’t about improving his golf. He wanted Rahm to get an education.

The 23-year-old Rahm returned home in December with the best of both worlds — a degree in communications from Arizona State, and three victories worldwide in his 18 months as a pro that have taken him to No. 3 in the world, the highest-ranked European.

Rahm recalled one conversation with his father that allowed him to look back on the path he took with no regrets.

“So many parents make the mistake that kids are more than what they really are, and they give them too much confidence,” Rahm said. “My…

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