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Jon Ram hopes to do better than last year and win both the Memorial Championship and the US Open

John Ram recalled how his dramatic withdrawal from Memorial last year catapulted him to the US Open title and he hopes to challenge Tiger Woods’ record again at Muirfield.

The 27-year-old, who won the Memorial Tournament in 2020 and lifted him to world number one for the first time in his career, had to retire with Covid in 2021 while he was leading by six strokes after 54 holes.

Ram didn’t deter, despite this setback, and just two weeks later he won the US Open, and upon his return to Muirfield Village Golf Club this year, he admitted that the golf he played at the Memorial Tournament had just done. “Comfortable and Confident” heads to Torrey Pines.

“I mean, it wasn’t really low, though. Yeah, I left the course, I was told I couldn’t play and I was crazy for ten minutes,” Ram said.

“I let myself get upset. But immediately my switch flipped and I called my wife and made sure she was okay and my son was okay.

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“As soon as I knew they were fine, I was in my little trailer, this little Covid cabin we had, and my suitcase and I were laughing. We ordered milkshakes and laughed at the fun part of it all.

“I mean the fact that it happens; that I have a lead of six shots and one gold, I can’t even play, can I. I mean, it’s just — the irony of it all made us laugh.

“But in that moment I chose to remember how well I played. I’ve played great golf all last year, but it was the first time everything was clicked, and it was before the greater part of the season.

“So I just felt comfortable and confident going into the summer. Indeed, I didn’t let that slow me down and I played golf great the rest of the summer until the Ryder Cup.

“I chose to stay on the positive side of things. When I got home and was dealing with Covid, I was still hopeful. All the hard work I’ve been doing for the past few months since I moved to Callaway, it just didn’t work out so well.

“So I was confident when I stepped on Tori that I could do it, and that’s what I’m saying, it wasn’t really low.”

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Jon Ram hits a whopping 417 yards to birdie the first hole of his second PGA Championship

With this year’s championship kicking off on Thursday, the world number two believes that while last year’s result didn’t piss him off, it does give him the incentive to win this year and challenge Tiger Woods’ track record.

“It’s not like I have another tournament. It’s a whole new tournament,” Ram added.

“I can’t play, let’s say, angry about what happened last year. Was it the motive? Yes. But you know, it didn’t add much to what I already had.

“Unfortunately last year I think that would have happened – if I had won I would have been the first team to win in a row since Tiger.

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“Until that happens, I’m going to win this year. So if I show up next year playing well again, I’ll be able to do it.

“So I’m going to focus on that. There’s been a lot of things I’ve been looking forward to in the last year. Someone was getting close to one of Tiger’s track records.

“But again, the good thing about golf is that there is always another week ahead and next year. Again, I have another chance this time.”

Watch the Memorial Tournament live on Sky Sports Golf starting Thursday.

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