Jon Rahm: "New York is a tough and complicated field"

The Biscayan arrives in second position in the ranking, and after two days of training he will decide the tactic to follow in the second big of the season


The Biscayan golfer Jon Rahm arrives at the United States Open, which takes place from Thursday to Sunday on the historic Winged Foot course, on the outskirts of New York, in second place in the world ranking and as the best positioned of the Spanish.

"I played it a week and a half ago and it seemed like a great campaign," said Jon Rahm, one of the five Spaniards in this 120th edition of the US Open, along with Sergio García from Castellón, Rafa Cabrera Bello from Granada, Adrián Otaegui from Gipuzkoa and the Barcelona amateur Eduard Rousaud.

"It's a very difficult course and it's very hard and very fast. I don't know how I'm going to play it," said Rahm, who will play nine holes in practice days on Tuesday and Wednesday before planning his strategy for his fifth US Open in one of the most complicated venues of the majors.

In an atypical year for the professional golf calendar as a result of the pandemic, Jon Rahm has managed to win two tournaments on the US circuit (PGA Tour) and become number one in the world twice, waging a constant duel with the current leader of the ranking World Cup, the American Dustin Johnson, who could be repeated this week.

The US Open, which normally takes place in mid-June, is the second major this year after the PGA Championship held in August with the victory of the American Collin Morikawa, the suspension of the British Open and the postponement of the Augusta Masters in mid-August. November.

"If the weather continues to be good in New York during these days the field will remain tough and complicated," confirmed Sergio García, winner of the 2017 Masters and the only Spaniard to repeat participation in Winged Foot after the tragic 2006 US Open , in which the Australian Geoff Ogilvy won with +5 in a bizarre final.

"I remember what happened with Phil and especially the difficulty of the course," Garcia said about the debacle of Americans Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk and Scotsman Colin Montgomerie, who handed the US Open to Ogilvy on the last hole.

"The difficulty is not going to change and we must try to deal with the conditions of this week as best as possible," added García, who plays his twenty-first US Open this week, a tournament that he has not won, but in which he has finished. in the top ten five times (2002, 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2016) .

For his part, Rafa Cabrera Bello has failed to surpass the middle of the leaderboard and aims to improve his results in his seventh participation in a United States Open.

Adrián Otaegui and amateur player Eduard Rousaud make their debut at the US Open thanks to their respective positions on the European Tour and the world amateur ranking, in an unusual year due to the suspension of the usual qualifying phase.

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