Jon Rahm fires 65 to take lead in 2022 DP World Tour Championship

After Friday’s second round at the 2022 DP World Tour Championship, Jon Rahm felt like he left a few hits on the course during his 6-under performance.

On Saturday, his thoughts couldn’t have been more different.

“I don’t think I could have shot any lower today. Maximized the lap,” Rahm said. “It wasn’t my best at the start, but I managed to get a few birdies in worse situations. I didn’t hit any of the par 5 fairways and still played them at 3 under par.

Rahm shot a 7-under 65 on moving day to take the lead at 15 under for the tournament going into the final round. He trailed 36-hole leaders Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton by four strokes before the third round, but now these two are chasing the Spaniard.

Ranked fifth in the world, Rahm had seven birdies and no bogeys at the Jumeirah Golf Estates on Saturday. He leads Fitzpatrick, who shot 2 under, by one and Alex Noren by two. Hatton and Rory McIlroy are T-4 at 12 under, three behind. McIlroy tied Rahm with a 7-under performance.

As it stands, McIlroy is expected to win the DP World Tour points standings. There is still plenty of fluidity in the points race with 18 holes to go, but McIlroy’s objective is clear.

“It’s really cool, I got to this point in the game in 15 years as a pro, and I’m still trying to do things for the first time,” McIlroy said. “I’ve never won the FedEx Cup and this round’s standings in the same year, so that would be really good.

“It has been a wonderful year. I played very, very good golf and very good golf. If I’m able to go out there tomorrow and shoot a good score and get the job done, that would be a really nice way to end what has been a great year.

Fitzpatrick, projected second in the standings, could clinch the title with a victory as long as McIlroy does not finish second alone.

However, these two are both chasing Rahm towards Sunday in Dubai.

“Hopefully tomorrow I can be a little better off the tee, and still have the right iron game and putt,” Rahm said.