MADRID, June 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Spanish golfer Jon Rahm confirmed he’s strong on defense at the US Open, taming The Country Club (Brookline, Massachusetts) again and ending day two with a shot from the lead, while fellow Spaniards Sergio García and Adri Arnaus They fired the third Major of the year by failing to make the cut.
Rahm won in Mexico just over a month ago, but in 2022 the former world number one wasn’t smiling. A year later, the US Open brings the best version of Barrika, who is placed at -4 with three under par this Friday, one of the leaders, Americans Collin Morikawa and Joel Dahmen.
The Spaniard and Northern Ireland’s Rodry McIlroy, also at -4, are challenging local dominance in the top zone, surrounded by 11 Yankees after two certainly friendlier days of the tournament. Boston’s legendary course will be hardened in every way, especially when the USGA changes the position of the flags for the weekend.
After a solid debut, Rahm showed gals this Friday with a recital that left an “eagle” on the 14th hole after already saving some tricky moments and after a “bogey” on the 13th. The champion appeared at the top of the hole chart and stayed consistent in the back nine, with a cannon with wood in the 5 for another birdie.
The Spaniard’s last accurate attack was on the 8th hole to leave that -4, signed by an uncontrolled McIlroy also at the start but with quality, as he showed with his double in Canada last week, to go even under par to land. The American roster, beyond Morikawa, is surprised it doesn’t feature Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau or Jordan Spieth, although all is not lost.
Those who said goodbye were the other two Spanish tricks. Sergio García made it in one shot and was upset, with a good 70-shot card that should have been better with luck, but was weighed down by the four-under par on Thursday. Arnaus, also forced to make a comeback, said goodbye with a 71.