Rahm's assault on number one

If Jon Rahm wins this Sunday or even if he is second, he will be the leader of the ranking as the only Spaniard who did it, Severiano Ballesteros. He is a leader with four strokes ahead.


Jon Rahm sees the possibility of making history in golf closer than ever. Barrika's team arrives on the last day of the Memorial Tournament, in Dublin (Ohio), with many winning options. He is a solo leader with four strokes ahead of Americans Palmer and Finau. And if he lifts the trophy, he will become the 24th number one in the world ranking, ninth in Europe and second in Spain after the great Severiano Ballesteros, who was for 61 weeks between 1986 and 1989. The current occupant of the throne, Rory McIlroy, is far away. Basque, at 10 hits, and needs to be at least second if his enemy wins. Practically impossible. Rahm could unseat him even if he finishes second tied with another player and the Northern Irishman does it below 30th place without ties.

A memorable return leg, with four birdies in a row between holes 13 and 16, plus its stony solidity on a very difficult course, with greens devilishly designed by its owner, Jack Nicklaus ("He is the favorite," said the legend yesterday), They put Rahm in a position to get his fourth victory on the PGA Tour (he won the Farmers Insurance 2017, the CarrerBuilder Challenge 2018 and the Zurich Classic 2019). He signed a 68-hit card for -12. Tony Finau (-8), who had started the day leader, sank in the last section (two double bogeys), in the same one that Jon traveled with pleasure, like Pedro at home. And he was matched by Palmer (-8) .

Jon, huge in the street game to the green and less to more with the putt, adapted better than anyone to the Muirfield Village field and to extreme conditions (33 degrees and wind, 16 km / h) that choke a suffocated Tiger Woods, who made his most decent round (71 for +2). Sergio García (73 and +2) did not improve. Glory awaits Rahm. He has the victory and the number one shot 31 years after Seve. And Nicklaus would congratulate him. History

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