Rahm crowns a great Armada day in Scotland

The Basque is world number one and is placed with -5, two behind the English Senior, after the first round. Quirós from Cádiz signed the same card.


Jon Rahm is already number one in the world. The Basque arrived at the Scottish Open 641 days after his last appointment in Europe installed again at the top of the ranking after winning the US Open, his first major. And this Thursday, in the initial round, he reaffirmed his credentials with a -5 that leaves him two behind the leader, the English Senior. Good start to becoming the first major winner to repeat the win in his next outing since Dustin Johnson's US Open-Bridgestone Invitational double in 2016.

Something clicked on Rahmbo's head with his entry into the club of great champions. He looks very relaxed in the field. Smiling, completely sure of himself. A good example was the 10th hole at The Renaissance, the North Berthwick links that host the tournament. A par 5 in which a birdie putt of less than a meter was left. He missed it, but what months ago could have been, attached to the bogey on the 9th, a torpedo to the waterline of his turn, this time became revulsive. If he already had three birdies before that crossroads, he added another three between 11 and 13 before a new error in 15 that also stayed at that, an error. He took advantage of the par 5 of the 16 to subtract again and with two last pairs of holes he sealed the five under par. Although he affirmed that part of his visit to the Old Continent is due to the suffocating "heat" of Arizona in these months, he also says that the objective is "to win" .

His return teaching the entire repertoire (perhaps he lacked a little more precision with the putter) and chevrons that was the culmination of a good day for the Spanish Armada. Quirós from Cádiz also went to -5, an irregular player but who has no ceiling when he takes a good dynamic. Not far away, at -3, they were the Otaegui from San Sebastian, which has its natural habitat on the links, and the Catalan Arnaus. Nacho Elvira and Sebas García signed the pair and Campillo, with +5, and Larrazábal, with +6, made it very difficult to pass the cut this Friday.Heavyweights teach muscle

Rahm wasn't the only first sword to have had the day. The American Justin Thomas and the English Westwood went up to -6, to one of the leadership. Two were placed by another Englishman, Fleetwood, and three by the Irish Harrington and the Californian Schauffele. A little further behind, but still within an affordable distance with 54 holes ahead, were another American, Morikawa, and Northern Irishman McIlroy, who did not know how to benefit from the positive dynamics of Rahm and Thomas, teammates. They both made -1.

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