Rory McIlroy has hailed the “amazing” form of world number one rival Jon Rahm as he seeks to settle some “unfinished business” at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic.Rahm has won four of his last six events, including his last two starts on the PGA Tour at last week’s American Express and the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions.Another win in the Farmers Insurance Open will see Rahm replace McIlroy at the top of the rankings, although if the Northern Irishman also tastes victory in Dubai the Ryder Cup team-mates could be separated by just fractions of a point.“You see Jon play the way he’s playing, it’s amazing,” McIlroy told a pre-tournament press conference.“We all know Jon is one of the best players in the world, whether there’s a one beside his name or a two beside his name.
It doesn’t really matter.“He’s won four of his last six events. He’s playing some of the best golf he’s played in his career.
He’s not had a long career but all of his career, he’s played consistently at a very, very high level.“I watched a little bit of Hawaii.
I didn’t really watch much of the American Express last week. But he started off the first two tournaments of the year shooting 27-under at both of them.Read more on independent.co.uk