THE PLAYERS Championship 2019 : VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Jon Rahm’s all-world talent was on full display Saturday at TPC Sawgrass, where he shot a third-round 64, one shot shy of tying the course record, to grab the solo 54-hole lead. It was the type of round in which Rahm looked unbeatable, despite there being no such thing in professional golf. That said, when he’s on, the only thing that can stop him is himself.
THE PLAYERS Championship
Place: TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Date: March 14 – 17, 2019
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The Players, while not a major, would be Rahm’s biggest victory to date, and his third on the PGA Tour, the last coming at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge. It won’t be handed to him, especially with a host of marquee names like Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy giving chase. Not to mention the weather forecast, which calls for sub-60 degree temperatures and rain, the kind of weather that can eliminate a weaker-minded player. If this is the new Jon Rahm, Sunday at the Players will put that theory to the test.
The 24-year-old Spaniard has allowed that to happen many times, sometimes on the biggest stages. It has earned him the not-so coveted reputation of being the temper-tantrum guy, throwing his toys when things don’t go his way. This has certainly cost him in his career, especially during the 2017 majors, though he seemed to have turned a corner with a pair of top fives last year at the Masters and the PGA Championship.
THE PLAYERS Championship 2019 : PGA
He may have really turned a corner on Saturday at the Players, where he stood in the 14th fairway in full attack mode at six under par. After birdies at numbers nine and 10, an eagle at 11 and another birdie at the 13th, he striped a 307-yard drive at 14 and then went for the flag. What he thought was a great shot ended up over the green, leaving him a tricky up-and-down for par to a front left pin. A bad break any way you cut it.
The old Rahm might lose his mind, question why the golf gods were smiting him, lose focus, make a bogey and kill the momentum. But the new Rahm claims he’s a changed man, and he proved it by saving par and then closing his round in style. He made two more birdies, including one at the 17th after scaring the hole with his tee shot, to finish off a back-nine 30.