Rahm needs to find his best version to resist in Chicago

Rahm needs to find his best version to resist in Chicago

Although Jon Rahm did not enjoy the best debut in the BMW Championship on Thursday –he finished with -2–, he was in good condition to fight with the best in the second round. Three strokes from the head and after having fought against the wind, which did not happen to other rivals, the world number three started on Friday from the field of Olympia Fields in Illinois from an optimistic position to defend his leadership in the FedEx Cup Facing him is two adversaries with plenty of resources and a wide track record: Rory MacIlroy, third in FedEx and co-leader in BMW, and Scottie Scheffler, world number one and the Biscayan’s pursuer in the North American circuit classification. McIlroy, world number two, had a three-shot advantage over Rahm and first-ranked Scheffler by two shots going into Friday’s session.

Other illustrious names in current golf also overtook Barrika’s after debuting on the North Course at Olympia Fields. Brian Harman (-5), Matt Fitzpatrick (-4), Rickie Fowler (-4), Sahith Theegala (-4) and Chris Kirk (-4), Cameron Young (-3), Collin Morikawa (-3) and Corey Conners (-3), as well as the winner of the last US Open, Wyndham Clark (-4), all of them with more than enough potential and experience to win the jackpot in Chicago.

With all this multitude of figures and a stage like the North Course that penalizes mistakes, the Augusta champion was forced to improve his performance in a second round that could eliminate some candidates for victory. In the first challenges Rahm did not find his accurate game, because he fell into the rough or could not attack near the flag. He showed his quality by saving himself from a bogey on the fourth hole shooting from more than 5 meters.

On a day in need of rewards to stay on the qualifying train, Rahm ran into a bogey on the seventh hole. He threw two straight shots into the tall grass and couldn’t avoid the penalty. With a great flop he almost made a birdie at 8 (par 3). He looked like he was on the mend and in the next round, where he hit a much-applauded second shot, he came to relish the birdie but missed the putt from less than 2 metres. The situation worsened as soon as we crossed the equator of the itinerary with another new bogey despite two excellent first shots. Rahm’s total record was at the time at par. At least Scheffler had only bagged a birdie, even though he was showing a total of -5. The difference with the American increased because the Basque dragged two bogeys on 13 and 14.

A final without luck

After saving par at 15 (par 5), the FedEx leader missed the first birdie of the day by a handful of inches. Neither luck in the farewell, where he kicked from seven meters and a half and the ball went over the hole. It was evident that luck was not on the Biscayan side yesterday, he was more successful in long shots than around the flags. He must go all out today at Olympia Fields if he does not want to lose the remote options that remain for him to climb to the privileged positions of this complicated BMW Championship.

provisional classification

1. Chris Kirk -8

2. Rickie Fowler -7

3. Matt Fitzpatrick-6

Rory McIlroy -6

Brian Harman -6

Max Homa -6

7. Scottie Scheffler-5

Sungjae Im -5

9. Harris English -4

Sahith Theegala -4

11. Corey Conners -3

36. Jon Rahm +2

2023-08-18 19:43:50
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