Rahm steps away from number one in Chicago hell

The second day of the BMW Championship repeated the dramatic conditions of the first. The Biscayan (+6) is 39th and needs at least third place.

The second day of the Olympia Fields BMW Championship took place in the same hellish conditions as the first. The preparation of the course located south of Chicago (USA) in the US Open style, with rock-hard greens and dense rough, mixed again with the wind to wreak havoc.

Jon Rahm was again among the victims, although he endured the return. He scored 71 shots for +1 on the day and +6 in total, with birdies at 2 and 11 and three bogeys, one especially painful on par 5 of 15. If there were 13 players on par or below on the first day, this Saturday the figure was reduced to four. With two rounds to go, victory can be around par, something rare in a regular tournament on the circuit.

To return to world number one Rahmbo, 39th, needs to be third and not be beaten by Dustin Johnson (third on par). The distance is not sidereal, but the objective seems very complicated in a route that bites. With conditions typical of a British links, McIlroy, another of the aspirants to the world top, takes shape again. The Northern Irishman is co-leader with Cantlay at -1 and a victory could give him the throne.

In a no-cut tournament, this Saturday there were no goodbyes, but the chances of some players of reaching the final of 30 of these FedExCup playoffs, which will be played next week in Atlanta, began to seriously complicate. Among them Tiger Woods, in the tail group with +8 and a projected 63rd place in the circuit ranking.

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