Jon Rahm has a soft spot for autograph seekers. After all, the Spaniard was once on the other side of the ropes, looking up to the top golfers in the world and hoping they might spare a few minutes to make a young boy’s day.
A 12-year old Jon Rahm asking Henrik Stenson for his autograph back in 2007 ✍️ pic.twitter.com/2DbhHNDGqz
— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) June 21, 2021
Yep, there’s a 12-year-old Rahm getting his future European Ryder Cup teammate to sign his shirt back in 2007. All together now … “How cute!”
Needless to say, Stenson making the time made an impression on Rahm, who has become notable for the effort he makes to try to connect with fans when he’s at a tournament. Indeed, he has stepped up to put a smile on the faces of fans on several occasions.
Jon Rahm (far left) may not have won @WGCFedEx but with his birdies and eagle, he donated a total of $23,000 to St. Jude. And a great end to the weekend by signing autographs. pic.twitter.com/5QEt2jBp3N
— Evan Barnes (@evan_b) July 28, 2019
Jon Rahm at Medinah last year signing autographs near the driving range. pic.twitter.com/2bqLh7Idyv
— Rahsaan (@RahsaanBall) August 30, 2020
Jon Rahm shot 78 today.
Andalucia Masters Purse is $4 million.
CJ Cup Purse is $10 million.
His 2nd consecutive week playing in Spain and signing autographs for hours and playing for less money.
Never forgot where he came from. I love this.
— Jared Doerfler (@DoerflerJared) October 14, 2021
Values and respect example : Jon Rahm number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, spend two hours signing autographs for children:.
“I'm going to sign all of the children, okay? I'm going to be here until I'm done. " 👏👏👏 https://t.co/uaEENtuPgY
— Alvaro Vazquez Losada (@AlvaroVazq) October 12, 2021
Which brings us to Saturday at the American Express. Rahm, winner in the California desert in 2018, has just posted a seven-under 65 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to grab a share of the 54-hole lead with Davis Thompson. As is his custom, he took a few minutes to greet fans afterwards. Only this time, the interaction with the fans turned into a slightly different experience.
Maybe the weirdest item @JonRahmPGA has ever signed 😂
All this fan had was a receipt for Rahm to sign @TheAmexGolf. pic.twitter.com/W635IaF5pR
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 22, 2023
We’ll give credit to the woman for resourcefulness … and keeping things from going off the rails by asking him to sign something a little more exotic. And, of course, a hat tip to Rahm. Here’s hoping signing never gets old to him.