Jon Rahm: World No. 1 maintains criticism over PGA Tour course layout ahead of Farmers Insurance Open | Golf News

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Last update: 01/26/22 1:22 p.m.

World No. 1 Jon Rahm was frustrated with the layout of the PGA Tour course last week

World number one Jon Rahm stopped short of apologizing as he elaborated on his furious reaction to the conditions at last week’s PGA Tour event.

Rahm was heard furiously complaining about the relatively easy test posed by the three courses used for the American Express, where his 14-under total was only enough for a tie for 14th.

In a video taken by a spectator as Rahm left a green during the third round of the PGA West, the Spaniard used swear words to describe the lay of the course before adding that it resulted in a “week of contests of putting”.

Speaking about the video clip of the incident at a press conference ahead of the Farmers Insurance Open, which begins on Wednesday, live on sky sportsRahm said, “I mean, the video is pretty self-explanatory.

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Speaking on the Sky Sports Golf podcast, Rob Lee says Jon Rahm’s swing is the best he’s ever seen in the game.

Speaking on the Sky Sports Golf podcast, Rob Lee says Jon Rahm’s swing is the best he’s ever seen in the game.

“We are the PGA Tour, we are the best golfers on the planet and we play on a golf course where missing the fairway means absolutely nothing. There have been times when missing the fairway by an inch was worse than missing the fairway. Missing the fairway by 20 yards is a mistake for me. I don’t know what else to say.”

Asked if he regretted the language he used, Rahm added: “I mean, if I knew someone was recording, I wouldn’t say it like I did, but I was thinking out loud and letting out some frustration because that’s what I felt, right?

“No matter where you hit it, you’re going to be able to hit it on the green and it becomes a putting contest, who can make the putts. That’s about it, there’s no bounty for anything. either else.

“I can tell you straight away with the way I hit the ball last week and the way I put, if it was in, say, major league conditions, I probably wouldn’t have made the cut let alone finished 14th, or I shouldn’t have, I believe.

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“Maybe, maybe not. But I just think it was a bit too easy for the best players in the world. That’s just my opinion.”

Fortunately for Rahm, who could be passed in the world rankings if Collin Morikawa wins on the DP World Tour in Dubai, the Farmers Insurance Open is taking place in Torrey Pines, where he won his first PGA Tour title in 2017 and a first major title. in the US Open last year.

Rahm could be overtaken in the world rankings this week

Rahm could be overtaken in the world rankings this week

Rahm will play his first round on the south course alongside Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, with defending champion Patrick Reed also on the south course alongside Phil Mickelson and Marc Leishman.

Former Open champion Francesco Molinari, who rose from fifth in the world rankings to 181st, will look to build on his performance in The American Express where he briefly held a share of the lead at the end of the final round before finishing in a tie for sixth place.

The tournament runs Wednesday through Saturday to avoid a clash with the final round of NFL playoff games on Sunday.

Thomas: The weather dictates the score

Thomas also weighed in on the debate over whether some courses on the PGA Tour are challenging enough, saying weather conditions are the biggest factor in scoring, not the decisions made by tournament officials.

“It’s frustrating for me because people were going crazy for Kapalua and they say the golf course layout is so easy,” Thomas said.

“Look, I don’t know how many times I have to say this, but if you give us soft greens and no wind, we’re not going to shoot anything.”

Justin Thomas defended the PGA on course setups

Justin Thomas defended the PGA on course setups

“Mother Nature ultimately has the final say on how difficult a course is,” he said.

“If we have a bit of wind one day and the greens get even firmer and faster, the scores are going to be higher,” he said.

“If we have rain and it softens and there’s no wind, it’s going to be lower, that’s how it is.

“It’s not like the Tour sets up the course every day saying, ‘We want the Under-18s to win this week. “”

The former world number one said with a laugh that while he liked to think he would prefer a harder golf course, he had had great success on the easier ones.

“If my life depended on it and I had to win a golf tournament, I would probably choose TPC Kuala Lumpur, but other than that, that’s how it is and you have to make the most of where you are. find it,” he said. noted.

Watch the Farmers Insurance Open this week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins Wednesday from 5.30pm on Sky Sports Golf.

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