Jon Rahm named European Tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 14/11/17 8:24pm
Jon Rahm believes he still hasn't found the "magic formula" in his game after collecting the European Tour's Rookie of the Year award.
The Spaniard was presented with the trophy by European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, where Rahm will be chasing a third worldwide win of 2017.
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Rahm only turned professional in June 2016 and joined the European Tour ahead of the WGC-Mexico Championship in March, but has risen to world No 5 after a breakthrough year.
The 23-year-old posted two top-five finishes in World Golf Championship events as well as claiming a six-shot victory at the Irish Open, with Rahm impressed with his maiden European Tour campaign.
"It's just a huge honour to be sitting here in this position at this time of the year," Rahm said. "I'm really happy and I'm really blessed that I have this opportunity and that I'm able to accomplish this award.
"It's something I'm really proud of. Never in a million years would I have expected what I've done this year.
"Top five in the world, fifth in the FedEx Cup, fourth in the Race to Dubai, playing the way I've played, I would have never foreseen this at all."
Rahm posted top-10 finishes in more than half of his 25 worldwide starts during a busy 2017 schedule but failed to contend in the majors, with a tie-for-27th at the Masters his best return.
"I think it's important to learn what the magic formula is for you," Rahm added. "You have players like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus who never played the week before a major.
"They practised and they rested. You have players like Phil (Mickelson) who plays every week before the major because he thinks it's going to help him play better.
"After one year I still don't know what my formula is. I haven't played my best golf in the majors and hopefully what I'm doing next year, which is resting the week before in most of them, helps out."
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