Rahm’s bite to Scheffler in the first round for one

To say that it is his private garden would be bold, but it is not unreasonable to think of Muirfield Village, the home of The Memorial, the Jack Nicklaus tournament, as one of Jon Rahm’s fetish places, which after missing the cut in his first appearance on the Ohio track (USA), back in 2017, he returned in 2020 to be proclaimed champion, he virtually defended the title in 2021 (only a stranger positive for COVID, when he had the victory practically tied, avoided making that statement official) and signed a tenth place last season. He goes on a path of similar heights this year after the -2 he signed this Thursday in the first round, which left him seventh at home.

Jon, who is the fifth player who has accumulated the most points for the world ranking in this tournament, close to one hundred, in the period 2013-2022, fastened 18 solid holes. Without great fanfare, but that serve the cause of trying to add the fifth victory of the course and, incidentally, recover the number one in the world. The current tenant of the throne also contributed to the latter, a Scottie Scheffler who went to unusual figures for him. The Texan’s +2 is only his seventh round over par this season, in which he has played 15 tournaments with two wins, one second-place finish and eleven top-10s. He has only left the top-25 on one occasion and he will have to row so that this week is not the second, since he occupied the 68th provisional place with the afternoon shift remaining.

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Returning to Rahmbo, he had an orderly day, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, stats that resulted in four birdies and two bogeys. The first, at 18 (he went for 10), precisely in which he broke what until then was an immaculate record of accuracy off the tee. It was not very damaging, because it came from hitting the best iron of the day in the 17th, where it left it just a meter from the hole. He would also get tangled up in the 1 after falling short at the start. Forced to play a long iron, he crossed the green while Morikawa and Day, his matchmates, who hit two shots at the entrance, left birdies given.

In any case, the two consecutive setbacks were an incentive for the Biscayan, who recovered with a dart at number 2 and a long putt at number 3. He could not with the par 5 of the fifth, a right-hand dogleg in which the presence of water It forces a moderate strategy, but he did get the most out of the last long segment of the day, the seventh, in which he hit his best drive and almost holed out the eagle with a delicatessen from the bunker. At the expense of the second wave, he is two strokes behind the leader in the clubhouse, the Englishman Matt Wallace with -4, close to the first two places through which the stages that would return him, through Scheffler’s cloak, to the top of the world list.

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