Can one be happy after losing US Open lead with a doubles? leprechaun on the 18th hole? Yes, and plenty when you’ve weathered one of those typical American Open whipping days: cold, wind and a field ready to show its nails. This Saturday, Jon Rahm had added the bitter taste of the two shots on the last tier, but on the palate the taste of a great day of golf prevailed. The Basque put out the light with another shot on the round and -3 in the standings, one behind the leading duo, American Will Zalatoris and Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick (-4). Hot on his heels is the trio of Keegan Bradley, Adam Hadwin and world number one Scottie Scheffler (-2), plus another trio of Sam Burns, Rory McIlroy and Joel Dahmen (-1). Those are the only nine players after Day 3 to underperform at the demanding Brookline Country Club. The day of the move was a scramble with only seven golfers (Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick, Bradley, McCarthy, Woodland, Muñoz and Lee) turning into the red. The par 70 increased to an average of 73.5 shots that day. US Open in its purest form.
Rahm will depart this Sunday at 2:34pm (8:34pm Peninsular Time; from 4pm to 1am at Movistar Golf) with Bradley as his traveling companion. At sunset in Boston, he dreams of winning his second US Open after winning the last course at Torrey Pines, which would be the tenth major in Spanish golf. This Saturday’s lesson will be present for all participants. If conditions repeat, it will be another day for thugs and in this ring the big man from Barrika knows how to dance well. Two giants threaten from behind: Scheffler, king of the circuit and green jacket at the Augusta Masters, and McIlroy, who has racked up the hunger after eight years of waiting for his fifth big hunger. Up front, Zalatoris (best lap on Saturday, -3) and Fitzpatrick are moved by a passion for virgin glory. Neither the 25-year-old American nor the 27-year-old Englishman have tasted a win on the PGA Tour. Zlatoris, yes, has made a name for himself in the Grand Slam. The kid has played eight majors and finished in the top 10 in five, sixth this season in the Masters, which Scheffler won, and second in the PGA after a playoff with Justin Thomas. You already know what it means to lose, a previous step to winning. Fitzpatrick is adorned with a roster of seven wins on the European circuit and two top ten in which majors.
The two wannabe greats should be prepared to hear the sound of a locomotive behind them. Jon Rahm took off three shots down from the last round at the last US Open. Only one separates him from his prey now. He achieved this move this Saturday by tightening his belt. The wind at Brookline was felt as soon as it left the clubhouse. A putt The foursome missed in the 1, when able to get a shot off, missed the short game in the 2 and loaded with one leprechaun, and in 3 he had to close his jaw already from five meters to save the couple, and not take two steps back as soon as he got up. Another rush in the 4th that day was moving as he lost the road and then kissed Rough out green. There were two saving couples, the ones that are sung about as a goal at the US Open. After that first wave, Rahm made two good options for himself. little bird: at number 5, a par four of 314 yards, 287 yards, which is a toy for the Basque because it achieves that green from the exit; and in the 6th, a par 3 in which he managed to tame the flight of the ball from the vagaries of the wind. On both he missed success by a finger and instead sang bingo in 7 with a putt five and a half meters. And the 8th hole came, par 5.
contact with the tip of driver He sent Rahm’s ball down the left side of the fairway, next to the base of a tree. There was no room for his natural punch, nor was there room for a left foot because of a thick root crossing the path. The solution was to hit from behind and grab the racquet with one hand to return the ball to the ring. The adventure ended leprechaun. Two pairs at 9 and 10 were key to reassurance and despite another hit at 13 (visit at Rough), Rahm drew the line with fresh hands and head. The 14th, par five, he fortified with a little bird without a sweat and in the 15th minute he shook his hat to get a great shot out of his sleeve from nine yards. It was the champion’s footprint.
Rahm was launched, celebrated by an impassioned crowd creating a high-tension atmosphere. On the 17th, he combined a 300-yard cannon shot with a gentle swipe of the dummy to salute the flag closely. Zlatoris and Fitzpatrick had then delivered a card of -4 and the Basque had just written the -5. He walked so confidently that he faced the 18th who wanted to march. But this is the US Open, don’t forget that. His outbound flight landed in a roadside bunker, and as he attempted to escape, he admitted, “a mistake in the manner of the hit left him in the same place. The walk in the sand wasn’t over yet. Another bunker at the foot of the greenlong exit putt wrong for the double leprechaun that lowered him from leadership to pursuer alone.
“The general flight is very good, I am satisfied. Too bad on the 18th. The field was very complicated, tough and difficult to form pairs. A very US Open field, they prepared it difficult. I’m proud of not letting myself be overcome by frustration because there were bad moments,” Rahm summed up, looking at the clock and wanting to recharge his batteries. The day had one-penalized McIlroy (up three a day), Morikawa (up seven days to see the head from afar) and Scheffler, who got to fly at -6 Eagle Teacher shattered from the street in the 8th and ended up in a devastating episode: double leprechaun at 11 and bogeys in 12, 13 and 14. There is no pity for the number one in the world at the US Open either.