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This timeline of Jon Rahm’s swing is proof those 66-foot bombs don’t make themselves

August 31, 2020

If you felt a rumble deep down in the bowels of the earth on Sunday, don’t worry, it wasn’t an earthquake or the coming of Cthulu. It was just Jon Rahm, burying a 66-foot putt in BMW Championship overtime to rob Dustin Johnson of a second straight victory. The putt propelled Jon Rahm to World No. 2 and kept the FedEx Cup Playoff race alive, with the big Spaniard now set to start the Tour Championship just two strokes back of Johnson, but more importantly it was damn good entertainment. Go ahead and watch it for the millionth time. Nobody is judging you.

In the realm of the fist pump, we never thought Sunday Salmon could compete with Sunday Red, but 2020 continues to surprise.

But while the result is incredible, the process is where the rubber really meets the road, and thankfully the PGA Tour offered up a little glimpse of what has made Jon Rahm, well, Jon Rahm after his incredible victory on Monday. Those bombs don’t drop themselves, folks.

It’s easy to to watch these guys weekend-in, weekend-out and think of them as robots who rolled off the assembly line ready to play golf, but this charming footage of Rahm’s evolution proves there was a time when their swings went a little past parallel too. The world's top pros weren’t born to play golf (though obviously there is some natural aptitude); they simply played so much of it they convinced us they were. When and where this hard work pays golf’s biggest dividend for Rahm remains to be seen, but with two majors still left on the calendar this year, the answer has to be sooner than later.