Credit Jon Rahm for battling. At last week’s U.S. Open, he made the cut on the number and was 12 shots off the lead heading to the weekend.
It was going to take a Herculean effort to come back and a Saturday 70 spelled his fate. Rahm salvaged a solid finish at Los Angeles Country Club by shooting the second-lowest score of the day on Sunday with a 5-under 65 to finish T-10th.
It was a well-rounded statistical week where he was top 25 in every strokes gained category.
"“Well, ball-striking wise, it slowly got a little bit better each day,” Rahm was transcribed by ASAP Sports. “Yesterday went to the range in the afternoon and found a very comfortable feel that I felt like I could replicate often. “After the really positive session yesterday afternoon, I went with some confidence today and kind of took over basically where I left it off and got to that first tee with a lot more — I wouldn’t say belief, but I think it was a lot less tension in my swing today, and it showed.”"
The Spaniard has finished 16th or better in five of his last six events. That stretch features his Masters’ win and a runner-up at the Mexico Open.
Rahm is teeing it up at the Travelers Championship for the third time. He posted T-25th (65-70-69-69) as a rookie in 2016 and T-37th (66-68-66-71) in 2020.
This season on the PGA Tour, the 28-year-old is tops in birdie average (4.7). I’m sure he and the rest of the field are eager to take on a more benign setup like TPC River Highlands that yields a lot of birdies.
Rahm is also second in total strokes gained per round (2.353), third in SG tee-to-green (1.851), and third in SG approach (1.041).
If he can avoid the water that lurks throughout the course and keep his temper in check, Rahm has an excellent shot to win.