30 Jan '17, 12am

From the archives: How Rahm turned into a star - Golf Channel

In this feature from 2015, Ryan Lavner chronicled how Jon Rahm helped Arizona State build something special after moving from Spain and learning a new language. LAS VEGAS – The conversation was painfully awkward. In the fall of 2012, Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson picked up 17-year-old Jon Rahm from the Phoenix Airport, shuttled him to the ASU campus for the first time and immediately realized the massive learning curve ahead. At best, Rahm’s English was choppy. Simple questions – What do you want for dinner? – required complex mental rerouting. For weeks, Rahm would listen to a question in English, translate it in his mind in Spanish, think about what he wanted to reply in Spanish, and then finally translate it back to English. The process could take 10, 20, sometimes even 30 seconds, all for Rahm to respond with a short answer that didn’t always make sense. “I went to...

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