Jon Rahm: “I think experience can help out”

Jon Rahm is hopeful his experience at Torrey Pines Golf Club can stand him in good stead as he heads into the weekend right in the mix at the 2021 U.S. Open Championship.

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“Having played this course in every possible wind always helps. And I think just the memory of some putts and some breaks can always help, right? Obviously, they’re rolling a little bit different, a little bit faster. You have to play a little bit more break but there’s a couple out there. In my case, the putt on 11, I knew it was straight – I’ve hit that putt before. I’ve missed it before and I knew it was straight. Like the putt on 10, I knew it broke a lot more than it looks. It’s just situations where I think that experience can help out. We all know everything tends to break towards the ocean but it’s not always the case, right? I feel like just the experience on the course in certain moments can always help out. I’m feeling confident. Two very different rounds yesterday and today.  I feel like yesterday I hit it really, really well, hit a lot of fairways. I just made a couple of mistakes going into the greens that cost me a few bogeys, a few more than I would have liked. Today it was the opposite. It took me a while to get going, didn’t hit my second fairway until the 13th hole, I believe, and I just had to survive. I’ve got to say, that stretch of putts on 10, 11, 12 was key. Things could have taken a turn for the worse and I was able to save some great three pars in a row. Hopefully, I can just swing it like I did on the last four holes because I hit some beautiful shots and keep it going on the weekend”.

Jon Rahm returns to action at this week’s U.S. Open just a fortnight after being withdrawn after the third round of the Memorial Tournament on the PGA TOUR after testing positive for Covid-19. Hoping to rekindle the form which saw him tie the record low 54-hole score at the Memorial Tournament, the 26-year-old is taking inspiration from Tiger Woods’ victory at Torrey Pines in the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods famously defeated Rocco Mediate in sudden death after an 18-hole Monday play-off despite having a double stress fracture in his left tibia and also requiring ACL replacement surgery.

“I wish I was a little bit more prepared. I was hitting it pretty good a couple of weeks ago, but I feel like, as athletes, we’re always wanting more. I feel like every time I go tee it up, I always think I could have done something more. I could have done this, I could have done that. Once you tee off Thursday, it doesn’t matter. You go do a job. Was it 13 years ago Tiger won on pretty much a broken knee without really being prepared? Once the gun goes off, it doesn’t matter. So, in that sense, I’m still confident. I’m happy to be here and I’m comfortable,” I’ve played well here in the past, and hopefully I can keep up the good play. The biggest difference (to the Farmers Insurance Open), besides the rough, obviously, you can actually get lucky and get some decent lies, or you can get some that it’s hard to move five yards. So the discrepancy is big. It’s going to happen; it’s a U.S. Open. You’re going to get good breaks and bad breaks. You add that to the fact you have quite a few 500-yard par fours, and you have a monster of a golf course.”

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