Three weeks ago, Jon Rahm stormed the back nine at Torrey Pines and claimed his first major championship at the U.S. Open.
He hasn’t teed it up since but so far, so good at the abrdn Scottish Open this week.
Rahm shot a second-round 65 and is tied with Thomas Detry after 36 holes at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick, Scotland. Those two have matched each other both days so far, shooting 66s on Thursday and 65s on Friday.
Rahm played the back nine first and threw six birdies on his score card to make the turn in 29.
“I think we were fortunate the first seven, eight holes, really no wind at all. So when you play an a links golf course with no wind, you can make some birdies,” Rahm said after his round.
There was a weird incident on the 10th tee box, his first of the day. As he and playing partners Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas were chatting before teeing off, a man walked on the tee box, took a club and head cover out of McIlroy’s golf bag and set up as if he was going to hit the head cover. As the golfers looked on in bewilderment, security approached the man and without incident, escorted him off the property.
The tournament has a stacked field and the big names are gathering near the top of the leaderboard, with Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter all in the top 10 so far. McIlroy, however, is 1 under and is in a tie for 91st, 10 shots off the lead.
The 149th Open Championship is next week at Royal St. George’s in England.