Rahm leaves homework to do

The ‘back to school’ was heavy for Jon Rahm. In his first round after being proclaimed champion at Augusta National just four days ago, the number one in the world ranking paid dearly for the festival of emotions experienced in the last hours. This Thursday, in a day spent by water, the Spanish golfer kicked off the RBC Heritage with a round of 72 shots, one over par at the Harbor Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island (South Carolina, USA). With +1 on his card, Rahmbo is 93rd in the tournament, and this Friday he will have a battle to which he is not very used: that of making the cut.

The first day of competition at the RBC Heritage brought Jon several flashbacks of what the Masters was like. The one from Barrika took the start with Viktor Hovland leading with -7 (same card that he signed last Thursday in Augusta) and in the middle of a day of dogs, with the rain making an appearance and, at times, with great intensity. So much so that when Rahm was playing the sixth hole, the threat of a storm forced the suspension of the game, as happened in Augusta several times. The Basque did not like the decision to sound the horn, which came just as he was prepared to kick and avoid the bogey. Until then, Rahm was at -1 thanks to a birdie after a dart at 4, although the taste in his mouth was bittersweet because he missed the first two par 5s on the layout.

After more than an hour stopped, Rahmbo resumed his march, missing the putt he had pending and thus committing his first bogey of the day. Two more arrived suddenly, at 7 and 8. The restart did not sit well with him, although it is fair to say that before the break he had already shown signs of not being on his best day. Even the presentation of him on the tee of 1, where he was confused with Scottie Scheffler and said that he was champion of The Players, did not go well. Unlike in Augusta, Jon was fairly erratic off the tee (7/14 on fairways) and even a bit shy (278 yards average drive, 120th in tournament) on the tight fairways of Harbor Town. He knew how to cut the bleeding and score the birdie at 13 and 14 with two blows to return to par, but he again pardoned on the last par 5 of the layout and at 16 he committed his fourth bogey after dropping with a penalty.

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In his return to reality after the dream week in Augusta, Jon had a hard time adapting to the speed of the greens, he forgave too much with the putt (he is 130th of 141 in the statistics of shots won with the putt, having lost 2.3 strokes) and that added to the problems with the driver. This opens a new horizon for Rahmbo, that of fighting to make the cut. Atypical situation for the winner of two majors (He has made 127 of 141 cuts in his PGA Tour career), who hasn’t been left out of a tournament weekend since the Fortinet Championship in September 2021. Since then, there have been 32 consecutive events in which the number one in the world (since, if he does not make the cut, he could recover a Scottie Scheffler who is -3 if he finishes fifth or better) does not miss his appointment with Saturday and the Sunday, with an asterisk since in the last The Players withdrew due to illness after the first day. He has Spanish homework due this Friday.

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