Rahm busts the British with a fantastic exhibition

Rahm busts the British with a fantastic exhibition

Brutal. This is how the exhibition that Jon Rahm has given in the British can be described, where he has provisionally placed second after yesterday he even threatened to exceed the cut at times. Today he has scored eight birdies, a scandalous booty, in a field that is a graveyard for the aspirations of many great golf figures. Rahm’s third round at the 151 British Open will be remembered for a long time. Eight birdies, eight! And no mistakes. Insuperable.

Jon Rahm’s time came at the British Open to prove himself and iron out imperfections in his game in a third day that was preceded by two not very positive days, in which he had accumulated a +2 very far from the lead, occupied by the American Brian Harmar and his incredible -10. The objective was clear: to recover sensations, move up in the classification and prepare a solid base for the day on Sunday.

Barrika’s started with the fuse lit. On the first few holes he gave a lesson in how to travel from tee to green with the odds of taking a shot at the very demanding Hoylake course. He put the ball in clean areas of the fairways and then drove it close to the flag. He was about to score a birdie before getting it on the fifth hole, the first par five of the day. He had fallen into the bunker first, but he came out with flying colors and only needed four shots to hit. At the sixth flag he putt well from 25 feet, but he was out of luck.

The Augusta champion had subtracted a negative point and had +1 in his overall account. On the sixth hole he was able to improve his balance, but 8 meters was too far to hole out. He did do it at 9 (par 3), thanks to a shot from almost 7 meters that rewarded his landing in the attack zone. An amazing series had just been born in this way in the lurking links of Royal Liverpool, always ready to catch whoever makes the slightest mistake.

Birdie on 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 18, seven targets in the last ten holes. For Rahm, the Hoylake course has been an amusement park full of excitement and fun. Nobody can accumulate so much excellence in their game. There were no failures. When he has fallen into a bunker he has emerged gracefully from danger, with an offensive mentality. Lacking the players at the top of the table to complete their round, Rahm has bared his teeth and made a lot of it. a lot of pressure. The Biscayan has not given up at Royal Liverpool and promises to fight until the last blow.

For his part, an untimely quadruple bogey on hole three -eight strokes on a par four- has removed Adrián Otaegui from the leading positions of the British Open with today’s final day remaining. The man from San Sebastian went out of bounds twice, for which he was given as many penalty strokes that knocked him out of the privileged positions. He finished the day with 77 shots, +6 for a total of +4.

Otaegui paid for his bad start. He had already committed bogeys on the first two holes. The mess of the third meant losing six in a start without any luck. He reacted with a birdie on four, followed by a new bogey on the next, a par five that this time was not recovery.

More regular later, he made up the result with two birdies (holes eight and thirteen), although he was penalized by the double bogey of the last one today, the 18th, where the second shot once again escaped beyond the limits. He is ranked 63rd. Recovering solvency on Thursday and Friday can help him climb the ranks.

2023-07-22 19:33:52
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