Jon Rahm did not have the dream week he had imagined in the US Open. The golfer from Barrika missed his first cut in a major after shooting a 76 and a 73 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, course which made its debut in the US Open.
The most demanding part of Erin Hill is off the tee. The fairways are wider than usual in the US Open, but each mistake comes at a high price due to the horrific rough. It was not a good week to be off on the drive, because apart from that, it’s a long course (both lengthwise and from rainfall) and starting off with a 3 wood or an iron meant falling far behind with regards to other golfers.
The drive was precisely Jon’s main issue this week. That’s golf. It’s been the best club in the bag this season so far, yet just when he needed it the most in one of the most important tournaments of the year, it went missing. He caught 17 of the 28 fairways, far from the stats at the top of the pack.
Apart from the drive, the putter didn’t help much either in moments where he could have made up for some lost ground. It was a bad mix which left him with no chance to be able to play over the weekend. A disappointment, although the only option is to dust it off and move forward, learn from this experience at the US Open, work hard and give it all he’s got for the next tournament.
Nobody is more eager than Jon for the next tournament to come to be able to make the comeback and get rid of the bad taste in his mouth. In any event, the tough blows for big-name players in world golf were at the top of the headlines at Erin Hills. Apart from Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose all missed the cut, to name a few.
Jon’s next tournament will be the Open de France, his debut this season in the European Tour on the course where the Ryder Cup will be held next season. A very special event, and close to home.