Players Championship: Jon Rahm Surges to Third-Round Lead
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jon Rahm felt as even though each shot might be superb, and most of them were on Saturday as he posted an eight-under-par 64 and built a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood inside the Players Championship.
Five images at the back of going into the third round, Rahm shot 30 on the once more nine at TPC Sawgrass and surged into the lead when McIlroy and Fleetwood would possibly simply now not keep pace. His absolute best bogey used to be as soon as on the sixth hole, and even that landed next to the pin until running over the once more.
“Didn’t miss many shots out there,” Rahm discussed. “Really, really confident with my irons. Every time I stepped up, I felt like I was going to hit a good shot.”
There were too many to single out for the 24-year-old Spaniard, who is at 15-under 201.
McIlroy and Fleetwood, who shared the second-round lead, struggled from the start, and every in the long run recovered, McIlroy sooner than Fleetwood. McIlroy muffed a chip and had to scramble for bogey on the opening hole, hit a chip over the green on the par-Five second hole and turned into attainable birdie into bogey, and that used to be as soon as as dangerous as it got.
He however used to be as soon as underneath par at the turn thru running off three birdies, in conjunction with a Four-iron to a foot on the hardest par Three on the direction, No. 8. But after McIlroy made a two-putt birdie on the par-Five 11th, his probabilities dried up. Even on the par-Five 16th, he tried a low runner out of the pine trees, and it were given right here out so sizzling that it ran during the green and into the water.
Even so, he used to be as soon as bogey-free all through the closing 16 holes and shot 70. And he can at least keep away from questions about a hit from the overall personnel, something McIlroy has now not achieved in his ultimate nine occasions dating to the start of 2018.
“I just need to hit fairways and greens,” McIlroy discussed. “If I can do that, and take the opportunities I give myself, hopefully I can turn tomorrow into the best Sunday of the year so far.”
Fleetwood overlooked a 30-inch putt on the opening hole and took double bogey, and he fell three images at the back of through seven holes. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 8 after McIlroy tapped in for his birdie, and then picked up four birdies where that they had been to be had for his 70.
“It was just a grind,” he discussed. “I’m glad I showed the strength mentally more than anything. Under par is always a good score around here no matter how you play.”
Jason Day had a 68 and used to be as soon as three images at the back of.
Tiger Woods used to be as soon as five images upper on the par-Three 17th — a quadruple bogey on Friday, a 2-foot birdie putt on Saturday — on the other hand however started so slowly that even a overdue run of birdies used to be as soon as superb for only a 72. He is 12 images at the back of in his ultimate stroke-play fit prior to the Masters.