Jon Rahm has begun his comeback in the PGA Championship, the second major of the season, after a day in the morning in which the Basque beat the course and signed 69 strokes (142 in the accumulated).
The Spanish golfer is very clear that his objective is to be able to be in the race on Sunday and for this it was essential not to drop after two days. His matchmates Scottie Scheffler (75) and Collin Morikawa (72), however, gave ground. Specifically, the number one in the world computes 146 hits (+6) and this could leave him out of the cut. Only Dusntin Johnson and Seve failed the same in this tournament as leaders of the ranking. Dustin Johnson also accumulated 146 and Sergio García 147. The benchmark is Justin Thomas, who has linked two consecutive laps of 67 (134 total) and is the leader at clubhouse. JT’s short game is responding perfectly.
The truth is that ‘Rahmbo’ showed that he has a lot to gain compared to other players in Southern Hills thanks to his great effectiveness off the tee. His safety in his drive allowed the ‘Lion of Barrika’ to find the greens with some ease. In addition, he was finer with the irons than on the first day, although this did not prevent him from falling into one of the dreaded bunkers that surround the greens.
He left the first nine holes (he started at 10) at -1 and dribbled well out of the bunker at 18, although later at 8, already in his second part of the course, he gave up the bogey. Previously, on the 5th hole, Jon had taken advantage of a great tee shot and on the antegreen he made the decision to putt in the direction of a still very distant flag. He gave himself the birdie. He closed out his round with a celebrated par putt, because playing under par at Southern Hills is a success.
Jon Rahm, statements
“Today everything was difficult. I had two good things in my favor, and that is that I felt good on the greens and I felt very good off the tee, which are two very important parts”, explained Jon after finishing his round, encouraged by his Outcome. The Basque reiterated: “I played very well off the tee and gave myself many opportunities. Today I can’t ask much more of myself. It was a good day, I played good golf. And I played very well to get -1”.