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Jon Rahm rages again at the Phoenix Open

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Spaniard Jon Rahm is certainly no stranger to on-course controversy and he drew the ire of many again yesterday with another temper tantrum at TPC Scottsdale.

Having started the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open just one shot off the lead, the world number two endured a nightmare round, including a run of three bogeys in five holes between the 12th and 16th holes.

He would eventually end the round one over par meaning that he finished the tournament - won by American Gary Woodland after a playoff with compatriot Chez Reavie - in a tie for 11th place.

It was his conduct at the 13th hole, however, that has drawn most attention - angering both fans and pundits alike.

After misjudging an admittedly tricky chip shot, his third at the par 5 hole, Rahm aggressively drove his club to the ground in frustration. Rahm admitted afterwards that it hadn't been his best week.

“It was very frustrating," he said. "I think it’s just overall the feeling of the week. It’s just, I’ve been feeling good, hitting good shots. I just wouldn’t say it was my most fortunate week, and we all know you need some fortune to win a tournament."

Many took to social media to point out that Rahm is a role model to many young fans and that such frustration is simply part of the game.

This is not the first time that Rahm has drawn attention for his behaviour during times of on-course hardship either.

Whilst struggling during last year's US Open, Rahm audibly swore, kicked his wedge before slamming it to the floor and then tossed a bunker rake after bogeying a hole to leave himself well out of contention. 

Rahm, for his part, has always been very open about the fact that he feels that getting emotional is a part of his game. Following the US Open incident, the Spaniard likened his temperament to a shaken bottle of fizzy drink.

Waste Management Phoenix Open - Final Round

"It does help me," Rahm told reporters. "I know golfers are supposed to try to internalise everything. I wish I could. Every time I try to keep it to myself.

"Just imagine a Coca-Cola bottle. You shake it once. You shake it again. Once you open it, it's a complete mess. That's what happens when I try to keep it down. I'm going to miss a shot that's not that bad and I'm going to lose it. Sometimes I need to get mad".

The talent of Jon Rahm is undeniable and this, coupled with his reputation for colourful behaviour on course, means that the 23-year-old is sure to remain in the headlines - regardless of his finishing position at tournaments for some time.

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