Sport Jon Rahm must keep his cool to contend in U.S. Open at Shinnecock

05:07  14 june  2018
05:07  14 june  2018 Source:   golfweek.com

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Jon Rahm joined some elite company with his Spanish Open victory on Sunday and proved that his We’re about to find out, because Woods is striping the ball well enough to contend at the Open . With the U . S . Open only one week away, the field for Shinnecock Hills is starting to take shape.

Must be nice. Cause for concern: Shinnecock will be playing juuuust a tad more difficult—and faster—when he Reason to pick: The six-time U . S . Open runner-up (seriously, how is it possible to contend that many Cause for concern: In his first U . S . Open as a pro last year, Rahm threw an


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Jon Rahm didn't leave Augusta National with a green jacket last April. The experience he gained from playing in the penultimate pairing Sunday, however, might just come in handy this week at Shinnecock Hills.

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Rahm enters the U.S. Open with a solo fourth Masters finish fresh in his mind. The 23-year-old Arizona State graduate didn't play particularly well in any of the majors his rookie season, so he didn't know how he would react if he had a chance down the stretch in a final round.

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Top amateur Rahm contending at Mayakoba. By Will GrayNovember 14, 2015, 5:58 pm. PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Jon Rahm is proving the PGA Tour isn’t just for pros. With the U . S . Open only one week away, the field for Shinnecock Hills is starting to take shape.

– Last year’s U . S . Open didn’t exactly start out as planned for Jon Rahm Rahm made the cut at Oakmont, following his opening round with cards of 69-72-70, and took the medal for low amateur. We’re about to find out, because Woods is striping the ball well enough to contend at the Open . With the U . S . Open only one week away, the field for Shinnecock Hills is starting to take shape.

Now he knows, and another iconic course with rich major history is calling his name this week in Southampton, N.Y.

"I didn't panic, which is the one thing I really wanted to learn about myself," Rahm said of a 3-under 69 in the final round. "It's one thing to win a PGA Tour event, but a major is very different. I didn't panic at all. I really felt comfortable. I loved the situation, I loved the hunt. Hopefully next time I get into the back nine at a major I'm the one in the lead and get to experience that."

Rahm's hunt begins at 1:14 p.m. Thursday along with fellow Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello, and the course seems to fit his game on paper. Rahm has more than enough distance off the tee to handle Shinnecock's 7,440-yard layout, and he's 12th on Tour in greens in regulation this season.

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7. Jon Rahm : Young but ready to win a major, Rahm has the length and overall game to contend in a U . S . Open . 8. Hideki Matsuyama: His ballstriking can keep him near the top of the leaderboard, but he isn’t the straightest off the tee and his putter (187th in strokes gained-putting) will likely keep him

Fade: Jon Rahm . Yes he posted a T-5 in his last start at Colonial and he’s a huge all-around talent, but iron play has been dreadful this year If his putter shows up, he can contend . I think he finishes top 15. Kevin Casey. Related. Fantasy golf power rankings: Top 50 for U . S . Open at Shinnecock Hills.

One of his two career wins also came on a traditional U.S. Open course, at Torrey Pines in 2017, albeit not with a traditional U.S. Open setup. And Rahm also plays well in the wind, when his imagination and ballstriking ability are extremely useful.

The biggest question for Rahm this week is not necessarily about his game. It's about his mental makeup.

The U.S. Open is a 72-hole exercise in patience and acceptance. Or, rather, a 36-hole lesson for those unable to keep it together between the ears. Rahm's frustration has gotten the better of him at times, and this week more than any it's essential that bad bounces and three-putts don't bleed into the next shot.

One area Rahm will need to shore up in order to contend is his bunker play. The No. 5-ranked player in the world is one of the worst on Tour in that department, converting just 47.69 percent of his sand saves. Shinnecock is heavily bunkered around the greens, and it will be telling to see how he handles them early Thursday in Round 1.

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temporary membership, putting him on that same Jordan Spieth/ Jon Rahm early-career trajectory. We’re about to find out, because Woods is striping the ball well enough to contend at the Open . Meyer will make his pro debut at Shinnecock after a standout career at the University of Illinois, while

Jon Rahm 's strategy to not think very much about his meteoric rise through the world rankings has We’re about to find out, because Woods is striping the ball well enough to contend at the Open . With the U . S . Open only one week away, the field for Shinnecock Hills is starting to take shape.

Rahm missed the cut at 5 over in his first U.S. Open test last year at Erin Hills, and the frustration wasn't difficult to see. Players generally don't kick their golf clubs or throw rakes out of happiness.

Now a year older and a year wiser, we know Rahm's game has grown, and we know Sunday at Augusta National helped him grow too. It's time to find out how much he's grown in temperament and attitude, with the U.S. Open at Shinnecock providing the perfect case study.

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Jordan Spieth had a terrible finish to his round at the US Open on Friday that will result in him missing the cut. Spieth bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish at +9 for the tournament, with the projected cut at eight over. The real heartbreaker was a birdie putt on 18 he missed from fairly close range, leaving him to settle for par.Spieth was part of a great group featuring him, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, but only one is set to continue for the rest of the weekend. All three players carded high scores on the first day before bouncing back with more impressive rounds on Friday at Shinnecock Hills.

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