Rahm slows down on the climb to the top of Miami

The last day at Trump National Doral presented Jon Rahm with the need to improve his scores and avoid mistakes if he wanted to have even the slightest chance of getting closer to the head of the tournament, occupied by Sergio García with a four-stroke advantage (-9 ), Difficult objective for the owner of the green jacket, whose game and results have oscillated between lights and shadows. In addition to the individual desires, there was the incentive of the team prize – 3 million dollars – since the quartet led by the Biscayan, Legion XIII, was leading the classification before the third round started.

Saturday’s ranking brought together in the same match Rahm, the Australian Marc Leishman, who beat Barrika in the 2020 Farms Insurance by one stroke, and the Englishman Richard Bland, 51, one of the oldest golfers of the circuits. They left the 3rd hole and at the next stop (par 3) the Basque couldn’t add a birdie to his account, so he measured a finger. There were good feelings, confirmed on the 7th thanks to a long putt executed with his personal skill, which meant the first birdie of the day.

In addition to rising to -6, then the Legion XIII team, with Tyrrel Hutton running wild as co-leader (-10), dominated the collective competition. His partner from Biscay followed in his wake and scored another success on the hole (par 5) after a subtle touch. His head was close to three shots, and he was even just two away on the 10th, another par 5, where the world number three had been scalded on Friday with a double bogey when he fell into the water. But yesterday he made up for it and wrote a positive point on his card. With no time for celebrations, Rahm verified in the 11th that the Blue Monster field distributes caresses and also slaps. He stepped on the sand and couldn’t save par (total -7).

Classification

JugadoresEquiposSergio García -11Legión XIII -23Dean Burmester -11Range Goats -21 Matthew Wolff -10 Stinger -15Jon Rahm -8Torque -13Tyrrel Hutton -8Marc Leishman -8

That bogey was an accident in what was being a remarkable performance. He made two birdies next and at the 14th he masterfully escaped from a wooded area, with a sensational shot with which he built another birdie. When it seemed that he had already drawn the correct line in Miami, on the 17th he made a mistake on the green and took a bogey that practically took him away from the fight for victory. A new turn on the Doral roller coaster, the same one that on the 18th, one of the most complicated holes in world golf, rewarded the Masters champion with a birdie (-8) and the same one that condemned him on the next one (- 7) for soaking the ball. The madness only ended at the last flag, when the man from Barrika made birdie with an incredible, stratospheric putt (final -8).

Team champion

Rahm has lived between lights and shadows in Florida, where a hostile field punished irregularity. The owner of the green jacket must sharpen his game to come to the fore on Thursday in Augusta against golf’s elite, both from the PGA and the LIV. He just needs a little more success to recover the most fearsome version of him. Even so, in Miami Legion XIII was the best quartet, adding its second victory after also winning in Mayakoba (Mexico).

2024-04-07 23:36:23
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