“I felt ignored in the field”

“I felt ignored in the field”

The British Open has as its motto “created by nature”. Is he golf in its purest form, in which man plays against the field and the elements. These two variables were under control by Jon Rahm in the first holes of his opening day at Hoylake, despite the fact that luck was not always favorable. «You are playing in a completely natural course, in which sometimes the boats fall on your side and others go against you; there is nothing to say about this. I was hitting the ball well and I didn’t notice that I was missing the ball at any time, “said the Basque at the end with considerable anger.

After a great birdie from ten meters on the 10th hole, which eliminated the bogey of the 7th and put him at par, thing went wrong two later. There she stumbled again and he was seen angry with the public, something that was repeated later in the two final holes and that the one from Barrica explained with his proverbial frankness. “There were so many people following our game from the inside (I played with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose) that it was hard to concentrate; sometimes I was playing and the commentators were doing their thing, talking to other people, as if I didn’t exist. Come on, I felt totally ignored and I had to reproach him several times ».

Between these mistakes and the stoppages in the last holes, which made him wait half an hour between blows, Rahm ended up deranged with another two bogeys for a card of 74 impacts. This result (+3) le leaves out of the provisional cut (+2), although a winner like him is not thinking about that figure, but about what still lies ahead in his quest to win the tournament. “This is very long and everything depends on having a good second round, putting a low result in the box, taking advantage of the fact that tomorrow’s shift will predictably be more favourable, and then over the weekend we will see how far we can go.”

The task will be arduous, since the leaders are eight shots ahead. They are the South African amateur Lamprecht, the English Fleetwood and the Argentine Grillo, who with five under par left a number that could be dangerous for those who still have to do their homework for the final rounds. It is not the case of Adrián Otaegui, who with his proverbial tranquility was subtracting blows from the course and ended up with a blow from the head. «The main thing is that, except on the first hole, I haven’t gotten into trouble and I’ve kicked very well. I am very happy with the result, but this has only just begun”, commented the man from San Sebastian from his fourth position.

The rest of the Spaniards could not finish in the red like him. The closest was Pablo Larrazabal (+1), who was critical and self-demanding with his game, declaring that «I don’t come to tournaments to make cuts, but to win. I think my game deserves it after so many years at this.” In that same figure ended the Cantabrian Nacho Elvirawho after enjoying his first British throughout the afternoon, got entangled in a bunker on the 15th hole that ruined his card at the end.

The surprise of the Hispanics was carried out by the fan Josele Ballester (+2), who finished with two up after playing spectacular golf in which he knew how to avoid problems with a strategy inappropriate for his 19 years. The highest results were in charge of Alejandro Canizares (+4) y Adri Arnaus y Jorge Campillo (+11), who could not overcome the traps that Royal Liverpool was setting for them. With the tournament already lost, they must concentrate on having a good day on Friday and getting good experiences for the future.

2023-07-20 22:52:48
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