AJon Rahm he had to play in it Nicklaus Tournament Course during the second day of the American Express -after his great day on Thursday in which he scored 66 shots at La Quinta- and the route of the Golden Bear was not so propitious for the Spaniard. Nevertheless, Jon shooting 70 (136 total) after improving at the end so as not to lose much camber with respect to the head.
The tournament is commanded by Patrick Cantlay, with 130 hits in the accumulated after doing 68 in Nicklaus. The 29-year-old Californian is without a doubt one of the players of the moment, in addition to the winner of the Fedex Cup 2021.
The last great streak of the golfer trained at UCLA began, precisely, in the Memorial that Rahm had tied up until the Basque was announced that positive for covid at the end of the third round. Later, Cantlay would end up taking the Tour Championship, which in reality, without the handicap system that is applied in the tournament, would have ended with a draw between ‘Len de Barrika’ and Kevin Na. In any case, whoever 54 weeks number one in the world amateur (absolute record) it seems that he has caught the good wave.
Rahm, who already won the American Express in a playoff against Andrew Landry in 2018, when the event was called CareerBuilder, starred in a very discreet first nine holes (+1). In the second section of the route things changed. He was even able to get an eagle at 7, but his putt bordered the hole. Unfortunately, on the 8th he went into the teeing bunker and then missed the par putt by very little and gave up some ground.
Going back to Jon’s 2018 triumph, that year he did 62 on the opening day at La Quinta and on the second, like now at the NC, 67. In this edition he will have to push hard on Saturday to get hooked up.