Jon Rahm has won his fair share of major golf victories in recent years, and his wife Kelley Cahill has always been by his side.
When Rahm won the 2020 Memorial Tournament, he became the world’s best golfer and remained at the top of the rankings for an unprecedented 60 weeks. A year later, he made history by being the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open in golf.
Yet Rahm values his family—his wife Cahill and their children Kepa and Eneko—more than any golf triumph.
“I’m much more interested in raising a family and being a good husband and father than I am in golf,” he told Golf Digest in 2019. “Don’t get me wrong — I want to be the best golfer I can be. If I had a gun to my head and had to choose between having only one or the other, I wouldn’t pick golf … I’d choose family every time.”
Who is the leading lady in Jon Rahm’s world? Learn all about professional golfer Kelley Cahill and her boyfriend here.
Jon Rahm and Kelley Cahill Met at Arizona State University
While both were students at Arizona State University (Rahm attended on a golf scholarship), he started dating Cahill. At the very least, their relationship can be traced back to 2016, when Rahm’s Instagram account began including photos of Cahill.
With the comment, “So much fun to spend my first Super Bowl with @cahillkelley,” Rahm shared a snapshot of the young pair from February 2016. “Thank you for being in my life!!”
Rahm later said that he and Cahill initially met at an ASU Halloween party but can’t pinpoint when their relationship began.
“We used to go to this place called Zendejas because she loved their margaritas and we both loved food, and it wasn’t expensive,” Rahm told Golf Digest about their college days. “But we have some disagreement about this — we don’t know if that was our first official date, or if it was at a football game.”
Since graduating in 2016, Rahm and Cahill have been regulars at Arizona State University football games, with their most recent trip being in December 2019.
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Kelley Cahill Was a College Athlete
Cahill was also a student-athlete at Arizona State, participating on the school’s track and field squad alongside Rahm. The Oregon native competed in javelin for Arizona State, including a personal best at the 2013 ASU Invitational.
Rahm, however, has never attempted his wife’s event
“It’s such a weird motion,” he told Golf Digest about the javelin throw. “You have to rely on overhand strength, and as a golfer, that’s not something I have. She has a lot more overhand strength than I do. And I didn’t want to injure myself.”
Cahill can use his javelin abilities on the football field. Videos of Cahill’s excellent football throwing have been posted by Rahm to Instagram.
“Yes, she throws a mean spiral!! I better stick to golf,” Rahm captioned a series of video clips of Cahill throwing in 2017.
Kelley Cahill is Competitive
Cahill is not scared to challenge her professional golfer husband, even though she played tennis in high school as well. She told The San Diego Union-Tribune about a tennis match she played against Rahm that was extremely intense.
She commented on Rahm’s tennis prowess, saying, “He’s killing forehands … crosscourt zingers, and I’m thinking, ‘This can’t be right’.”
She added: “He was so good. I was so upset. I was mad for a day or two. We have not stepped foot on a tennis court since.”
Rahm also told Golf Digest about their tennis attempt.
“I did play a lot of sports with rackets and paddles growing up, like pelota [a Basque game that’s a cross between jai-alai and racketball]. But I never told her that,” he said. “So she came away impressed … and maybe a little mad for a day or two.”
They have posted videos of themselves competing in agility drills and football games, demonstrating that their healthy rivalry isn’t limited to the tennis court.
The Couple Got Engaged in June 2018
In June of 2018, just before Rahm competed in the 2018 U.S. Open, he proposed to Cahill. At the PGA Championship in August of that year, Rahm revealed to the media that he had proposed using a ring he had made himself.
“I designed the ring. She wanted to pick the diamond, but I knew what I wanted,” the Spanish pro said.
He continued, “It’s supposed to look like a crown and an engraving inside. I had a big part in it. It wasn’t exactly what she wanted, but she loves it. It’s a little more personal like that.”
Rahm also didn’t feel nervous about making the actual proposal since he was “100 percent sure she was going to say yes.”
“I wasn’t nervous much; the only worry I had was to make the day as perfect as possible,” he told reporters. “I got lucky that it turned out pretty perfect.”
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They Were Married in December 2019
Rahm and Cahill tied the knot on December 13, 2019, in Rahm’s childhood church in Bilbao, Spain.
“It’s going to be a Catholic wedding, a church that I grew up going to with my grandma, and it’s a really special place for all people of the City of Bilbao,” Rahm told reporters at the Hero World Challenge in December 2019.
He continued, “I think when I see those doors open and see her walking down the aisle for the first time, I think it’s going to be what I’m looking forward to the most, that first moment of seeing her walk down the aisle.”
Rahm published pictures of his wedding to Cahill.
“Last Friday was the best day of my life, it was a dream wedding in my hometown Bilbao with my beautiful college sweetheart and my better half and now Kelley Rahm,” he captioned the Instagram post. “The Basilica de Begoña is a very special place for me and my family so it was an honor to marry her there. Couldn’t think of a better way to end the year!”
They’re Parents to Two Little Ones
Kepa Cahill Rahm and Eneko Cahill Rahm are Rahm and Cahill’s sons. Rahm and his wife had their first child, a son named Kepa, on April 3, 2021, just days before he was set to compete in the 2021 Masters. Rahm sent an Instagram message announcing Kepa’s birth.
“Kepa Cahill Rahm was born 4/3/21 at 12:15 am,” the athlete wrote in both English and Spanish. “Momma Kelley is doing great and recovering. Kepa is also in great health. He is a 7.2 lb and 20.5 inches, big boy from the Basque Country. Without a doubt the greatest day of my life.”
On June 20, 2021, Rahm celebrated his first Father’s Day and his first U.S. Open victory thanks to the good luck charm Kepa.
After the emotional victory, Rahm posted on Instagram, “If this is a dream, I still haven’t woken up yet – so happy I can enjoy this with my entire family.”
Eneko Rahm was born on August 5, 2022, only days before his father planned to compete in a big golf tournament (this time it was the first round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs).
“Eneko Cahill Rahm was born on August 5th, feeling grateful for another healthy boy!” Rahm wrote alongside photos of their new baby boy. “Kelley, Eneko and big brother Kepa are all doing great.”
He added: “We have had an amazing last few days soaking in these amazing moments as a family of four. Now time for the playoffs!”
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Kelley Cahill is a Mainstay on the Golf Course
Since they were in college together, Cahill has followed Rahm’s golf career. Rahm posted a heartfelt Instagram tribute to Cahill upon his 2016 spring ASU commencement.
“Special mention to @cahillkelley for being a great girlfriend and supporting me all semester both on and off the course, she has watched me play more golf than my parents have in the last 4 years Love You,” Rahm wrote on the Instagram collage.
She was there when Rahm won the Mexico Open in 2022 and the U.S. Open in 2021, both of which Kepa attended. Together with Rahm, Cahill and Kepa took part in the 2022 Masters Par Three Contest, a family-friendly event in which many golfers use their children as caddies.
“We had to carry him most of the day, so it’s a little more demanding, but it’s fun,” Rahm told Golf Monthly about playing with Kepa in the Par Three Contest. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s cool they let us do this with the family, and it’s a very nice event to have before starting the Masters.”
In February of 2023, Rahm won the 2023 Genesis Invitational and ascended to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking. Cahill and their two sons were in attendance to cheer him on. When Rahm won the event, he and Cahill posed with their sons and the trophy on Instagram.
“Thanks to everyone for the support and loved having my family here to enjoy the ride!” he wrote.