Jon Rahm goes for record third straight Spanish Open win after opening with 63


To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Jon Rahm played tremendous golf on Thursday morning at the Spanish Open where he shot 63 and trails leader Ross McGowan by just two strokes.

Rahm started on the back nine and went out in 30 (with a bogey!) before cruising home in 33 to shoot his ninth consecutive round of 68 or better at this event. He’s in solo third after 18 holes of play at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

“It’s a really good start,” Rahm said. “I played eight flawless holes, and then had a bit of a stumble [in the middle of the round]. I was able to save a couple pars and minimize the damage. After that, I played some good golf coming down the stretch again.”

Rahm’s assault on the rest of the world (as well as this particular golf tournament) has been breathtaking. In his last 10 starts dating back to the PGA Championship, he has eight top 10s, one missed cut and one withdrawal (which came after the third round of the Memorial — where he was leading — because of a positive COVID-19 test). In that span of time, he has only won once but threatened on several occasions and, based on 72-hole scores, finished T1 at the Tour Championship where scores are staggered based on where players rank in the FedEx Cup standings coming into the week.

His stature at the Spanish Open is peerless. He’s won both times he’s teed it up here (2018 and 2019) and is trying to become the only golfer other than Seve Ballesteros to win this tournament three times in the European Tour era. Furthermore, he’s trying to join Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie as the only players to win any non-major or non-WGC event on the European Tour three consecutive times.

“You get quite a few fans out here,” said Rahm. “They are rather enthusiastic. They’ve been cooped up for too long. They get the chance to come out here and watch me play. I haven’t played on Spanish soil since this event two years ago….

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