“There have been 53 very good holes and the last 19 bad”. This is how Jon Rahm analyzed in a nutshell his performance at the US Open at The Country Club. He speaks of 19 holes because it includes the entire last round and the last hole of the third, which denied him the solo lead when he led by one stroke and closed Saturday with a painful double bogey.
Jon Rahm, statements
“It hurts because of how well I’ve played all week. In this last lap things have not gone from the beginning. I have stayed there but I have not been comfortable with any part of the game and it has shown. As always I have fought until the end but things have not worked out”, Rahm said in a mixed zone to the Spanish special envoys in Boston.
“It’s hard for me to think now, it annoys me, with how well everything had gone for me, a course that I like, a course in which I’m quite comfortable playing. It is what it is”, he added, and reiterated that “there have been 53 holes very good, the next 19 bad theme, plus six, that’s the theme.Defending a tournament is difficult and a ‘big’ one is even more so, very complicated, it happens every thirty years and very few have succeeded”, Jon pointed out.
“It is difficult to play golf like that. There have been very good things, for example I am more comfortable on the greens, and for the rest of the year it is important. I have done very good things with the trajectory of the ball, playing with the wind. And I have fought, in the first three days I made many putts that I needed, it is perhaps what I have lacked in this last round. Hitting a couple of putts changes the dynamic a lot. This Sunday, the rest not even close”, added the Basque.
“Now thinking about going home, the truth is, then the Pro am will come in Ireland, the Scottish Open and the Open in Saint Andrews, there is no better tournament to win than a British in Saint Andrews, and of course I have my mind on it ”, affirmed the Biscayan.
The last statement from the defending champion was for the field and the champion Fitzpatrick. “It is the best preparation of the field in a US Open, the fairest, a good event, hopefully we will return in the future. With how badly I played this Sunday and I did +4 and it could have been worse. Fitzpatrick, with Nicklaus, is the only one who has won a US Amateur and a US Open on the same course, he has played like a great champion, his first victory on the PGA Tour and in a major. He grips the field very well. He is very talented and it will come in handy for the Ryder”, he stated.