Jon Rahm and Sergio García, hand in hand for The Players

Third brilliant lap for the Biscayan, -5 to -9, which will come four strokes behind the leader, Westwood with -13. Sergio, on another day of comings and goings, closed with -8.


Jon Rahm and Sergio García, Sergio García and Jon Rahm. The great binomial of current Spanish golf (time will tell if at the height of Seve and Olazábal, for the moment they are not bad) will fight this Sunday for The Players, the 'fifth big', after another good round of both yesterday movement

Especially brilliant was that of the Biscayan, who added a -5 to -4 on Friday and raised his total account to -9. He is already four behind the leader, at press time an intractable Westwood that went to -13. The English giant, a classic of these payments, has regained his smile at 47 with his girlfriend Ellen in the bag and walks with a firm step towards what would be his first victory on the date and the second followed by a non-American player, something that has occurred few times in history.

Rahmbo, for his part, offered an exhibition from tee to green on a course, the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach (Florida, USA), which suits him like a glove. On the day of consolidating the bet for a win that would be the most important of his career, he took out his fang and signed five birdies in some formidable first nine holes. The rent gave him to navigate the second half of the route calmly, which he closed with a bogey, a birdie and a shot in the fearsome 17 that ended in par. Other 'dangerous' guys like DeChambeau, Thomas, Casey or Fitzpatrick move near the head.

Also Sergio García, who had another day of comings and goings but is not far behind. He started with bogeys at 2 and 4. He seemed to find his way with four birdies without failure between 6 and 15 but, like Friday, he ended up with a bad taste in his mouth. The fault was a missed short putt after a perfect dart at 17 and a very indigestible bogey at 18. This Sunday he will start with options to reissue his 2008 win. Whatever happens, Spanish will be spoken in the final round of The Players one more year.

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