Jon Rahm has started to figure out the Majors. In the past five he’s played in, he’s finished among the top 15 on four occasions, and has only missed the cut once. Not a bad stretch.
The latest notch on his belt was the PGA Championship, first Major of the season, held last week at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, in which the golfer from Barrika finished in thirteenth place.
Jon didn’t actually make it to the fight for the win in an obvious way, but he never lost sight of the week, he passed the cut with flying colors, and he wasn’t far off at all from giving the tournament leaders a scare and a run for their money over the weekend. He played par or better throughout all four days (70-69-68-67) at the tough TPC Harding Park, and ended up with a total of -7, one shot from the top ten, and six from the champion, Collin Morikawa.
Jon’s analysis and takeaway from the PGA Championship should be positive. Even without having shown the best version of his game, especially on the shots to green, he managed to maintain his spot in the thick of the fight throughout the tournament. The first day, he got the bad end of the stick with the wind, seeing as how it was much more complicated in the afternoon than in the morning, but he held on tight and didn’t let go, and from there on out, his game and his performance improved. He was excellent on the tee shots, and if the irons and the putter would have been a bit more accurate, he would have been in the fight for the win.
Be that as it may, his incredible reaction in the final round, with a stellar performance on the back nine, a partial score of 31 shots, allowed him to climb up the rankings, enough so to bump Justin Thomas out of Number One, and recover his title, and he’s now secured two more weeks as the king of golf.
The Basque golfer will rest this week, and will be back in action next week in the Northern Trust Open, first FedEx playoff of the season, and there will be another battle with multiple candidates in the ring for Number One.