Rahm’s title defense on track ahead of US Open weekend

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June 17, 2022; Brookline, MA, USA; Jon Rahm watches his shot from the eighth tee during the second round of the US Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer – USA TODAY Sports

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BROOKLINE, Mass., June 17 (Reuters) – Jon Rahm’s US Open title defense was in fine form on Friday as the Spaniard headed into the weekend just one shot off the lead at Brookline with the intention to stick to its strategy and ignore the rankings.

He produced three birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 14 at the Country Club for a three-under 67, and is tied for third with Rory McIlroy (69) and Americans Hayden Buckley (68), Beau Hossler (67) and Aaron Wise (68).

Americans Collin Morikawa (66) and Joel Dahmen finished the day leading the standings, five under par over 36 holes.

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“The seeding will have very little to do with (my decision making),” Rahm said after the second round.

“Maybe on Sunday the 17th you two are back and you need birdie-birdie, well, you could hit the driver on the 17th. Even then, it still depends on where the pin is. , wind and how it feels. I can’t really tell you.

“I don’t foresee my strategy or what I’ve done so far going to change much, honestly, unless the tide changes completely, which it could.”

The world number two delivered the ball to the green with a 316-yard drive for a birdie on the par-four five and drained an 11½-foot putt for the eagle on the 14th.

Rahm said the sturdiness of the course “puts a premium on all aspects of the game” – not that he’s complaining.

“The more I play it, the more I like it,” he told reporters.

“It’s such a unique design where you have options off the tee, and you can really choose what you want, and that’s why you have so many players in the leaderboard who have a bit of a difference in length. you.”

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Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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