Rahm, unafraid of Winged Foot

Good start for the Biscayan at the US Open: Top-14 at -1, four behind the leader, Thomas. The New York countryside was more docile than in previous editions.

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EI fear of Winged Foot dissipated on the first day of the US Open. The New York (USA) course, famous for the escabechinas that it has caused in previous editions of the North American major, was this time more docile and allowed unexpected results such as the -5 that Justin Thomas, leader after the first 18 holes, wears.

Very close to you, at -1, Jon Rahm. The Biscayan landed in Mamaroneck, north of the Bronx, with his homework done. He visited the field before traveling to Atlanta for the Tour Championship two weeks ago, and yesterday he displayed the knowledge he gained from that whirlwind visit.

Three birdies and two bogeys marked his card, among the 15 best in the tournament, with 54% fairways and 88% greens, very good data, hunted. Rahmbo was accompanied in his good debut by other Spaniards, the Canary Cabrera Bello, at -2. The rest of the national delegation, Otaegui (+1 after 15 holes), Sergio García (+4) and Eduard Rousard (+6), the amateur who started with an eagle and then suffered a reality bath, had more problems.

Rahm's start fuels the expectations of seeing him again fighting for his first major and for the number one in the world, with the current tenant of the throne, Dustin Johnson (+3), in no man's land after the first round. Other favorites apart from the leader, such as the Northern Irishman McIlroy (-3), the Texan Reed (-4), or the Californians DeChambeau (-1), Schauffele (-2) and Fowler (-1) are also on top.

Tiger (+3) started with ups and downs and will have to work today to make the cut. And you have to have a common enemy: the USGA, the fearsome American Federation, which can sharpen the claws of Winged Foot at any time.



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