Jon Rahm (-2) has delivered a card of 72 strokes this Saturday on the third day of the US Open Championship that is celebrated in the South route of Torrey Pines. It is his first turn over par of the week. No, it has not been a good day of movement for the player of Barrel. He has failed to deploy his most powerful game and a lot of work has been left for this Sunday to win the US Open. The most positive thing, however, is that, indeed, he has the possibility of winning the US Open, a window has been left open and it can still be said that it largely depends on him.
Rahm is in sixth position three strokes behind a trio of leaders made up of Mackenzie Hughes, Louis Oosthuizen y Russell Henley, although the most worrying, possibly, is that they have also crept ahead Rory McIlroy y Bryson DeChambeau, both with -3. The logic indicates that he will need to do the lap of the week tomorrow to be able to lift the trophy. Right now, if we think that the USGA is going to maintain the same playing conditions this Sunday (nothing indicates otherwise), the normal thing is that the winning result will finally go, at least, to six under par. It could even be -5, a figure that was already a leader after the second day and today it has not moved although the number of players who have reached it has grown. In both cases, Jon is going to need a 67- or 68-stroke lap, something he hasn’t done yet this week. Without going crazy, he is going to have to play attacking and we already know that it is usually not the best strategy at the US Open.
Jon is going to need the best version of himself this Sunday, a player similar to the one we saw in the Memorial just two weeks ago. The good thing is that he has it very recent and Jon himself is clear that he can do it. Today excellence has not come out, rather the opposite. It has been a gray, discreet return. He has failed to manufacture good birdie options. Beyond the two he has done in 18, kicking for eagle, and in 10, from about eight feet, he has only had two more opportunities than can be called clear. They have been in 1, just over three meters, and in 5, the clearest, just over two meters. He has not been brilliant from the tee and with the irons he has managed to avoid problems, he has mocked serious errors, but he has not had the determination of his best afternoons to bring some more balls closer.
The more or less discreet game has been joined by the fact that luck has not accompanied it at all. Nothing has come out in his favor. He hasn’t made a long putt, not one from the outside, not one chip or one from the bunker. He has not had any bonuses and, on top of that, misfortune has hit him on the 14th hole. After failing the fairway, he hit a very good third shot that was on his way to stay very close, but he hit the flag and the has deviated about four meters. Since there he has made three putts. A too bloody and undeserved double bogey.
Jon will have a lot of work tomorrow to win the US Open, but the good thing is that he made the opportunity for himself and that, surely, we would all have signed a situation like that before Thursday. It remains to be trusted that his Sunday at Torrey Pines will turn out. He already did it once in 2017 and took the Farmers and that was even more complicated, so you have to believe that it is possible. It is a date with history. No Spanish has ever won the US Open. As if to miss it.