Jon Rahm (+7) finished out the Majors for the season by making yet another cut to add to the list in the PGA Championship, and a performance with its ups and its downs throughout the four rounds. More ups than downs.
The golfer from Barrika started the tournament with a round of 70 shots and a magnificent day of golf. After finishing the round, he confessed that he had never had so much fun in a round in a Major. He played with Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy and took on the tremendous challenge at Quail Hollow with an excellent attitude.
In the second round, it was time to suffer. Simply put, nothing went right. He wasn’t on point off the tee, nor with the irons, and the putt didn’t exactly help the situation either. He shot a 75 and went way down in the rankings, but he had already secured the cut. Strangely enough, he had a hard time in the second round of a Major tournament, once again. It’s not the first time, and the talented Spanish golfer is already analyzing it with his team.
The third round could have changed the course of the entire tournament. His first 14 holes were flawless. As Jon himself confessed afterward, it was probably the best golf he had ever played in a Major since Oakmont in the US Open last year. However, a 3-putt on the 15th and a fateful jaunt through the Green Mile wreaked havoc down on what would have been the best round of the day.
There were a lot of good things happening on those 14 holes, and that’s the most important thing Rahm should walk away with, although he’ll have to exam what actually happened on those last four holes. It seems as though that’s where he lost his finesse with the putter, seeing as how after that, nothing went right on the greens in the last round. He made not even one putt from more than a meter away, and it’s impossible to make a comeback like that. He shot a 75 to finish with a total of seven over par, in 58th place.
Jon finished the four majors of the year having made three cuts and having gained invaluable experience. He learned new things each week and was able to make his way to the top of the rankings at times, such as in the Masters at Augusta and in the PGA Championship.
Now it’s time to rest for a week before competing in the FedEX Cup Playoffs next week. He’ll start with the Northern Trust Open. Jon is currently in seventh place in the world rankings, third in the Race to Dubai and sixth in the FedEx Cup.