World number one Jon Rahm has set his sights on matching the record of his idol Seve Ballesteros as he tries to win the Open de Espana for the third time (Rahm 9/4 Tournament Outright).

On two previous occasions, Rahm has got his hands on the Open de Espana trophy, winning the title in 2018 before beating fellow countryman Rafa Cabrera Bello by five shots to retain the title in 2019.

The 2020 event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but a strong field have already confirmed their participation ahead of this weekend’s event at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

The likes of Bernd Wiesberger (16/1 Outright), Richard Bland, Andrew Johnston, and Cabrera Bello (55/1) are all preparing to play this week. Still, Rahm has big plans as he tries to become the first three-time winner of the Open de Espana since Ballesteros achieved it in 1995.

When asked about his ambitions, Rahm told reporters: “Obviously, it is a very important tournament for me. To have won back-to-back titles it is something unique, but now to have the opportunity to win it a third time in a row it is very important.

“I am not sure if in history someone has won it three times but to have the opportunity to achieve it is very special to me. Also, because it will mean I will equal someone like Seve (Ballesteros), who won it three times.

“Every time you have the opportunity to make history is unique, so hopefully, I can do a good job this week to have a chance to win it on Sunday.”

The PGA Tour moves from Mississippi to Las Vegas this week as a star-studded field compete to win the Shriners Childrens Open. TPC Summerlin hosts the event, and previous form in the tournament is often crucial.

Brooks Koepka (20/1 Outright) and Scottie Scheffler (18/1) return to action after winning the US Ryder Cup, while Matthew Wolff (40/1) is one to watch, with the 22-year-old finishing second at the course last year.

Abraham Ancer, Viktor Hovland, Webb Simpson, Louis Oosthuizen, Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Reed will also play this weekend in what promises to be a competitive few days on both sides of the pond.

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