In the afternoon session of Pga, the stellar match was also made up of the world numbers 1, 2 and 3: Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa. The round did not start well for the Basque, who missed the fairway at 1, then went to the front bunker of the green, the ball came out almost clean with his third shot and from 4 meters he could not hole out, bogey-5.
He corrected the setback with a birdie shot on hole 2, and another birdie on hole 5. He was placed under par. And when it seemed that he could row more in the classification, the setback came.
Jon Rahm, results
An incomprehensible mistake on the 8th hole, par 3 -the closest thing to a 'hit'- ended with a painful double bogey-5, on the next 4 holes all even, and on the 13th, par 5, again another blow, He played from two to the green, he deviated a lot to the right, the approach, complicated, ended up far from the hole and three putts: bogey-6 and +2 in total.
It is clear that Barrika's bad blows in this first round cost him, but very expensive. And most of the shots to the green were not as precise as the Basque would have liked. The finishing touch to a bad day was the ball that ended up in the hazard on the 17th hole from the tee and a new bogey-5 that provisionally took him out of the cut with +3.
In the end, cardboard of three over par for the Biscayan. With 67 strokes, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar and Abraham Ancer are in fourth place, and with 68 they finished, among others, Cameron Smith and the Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele.
In the afternoon very few players appeared in the front positions of the classification (Justin Thomas, winner of a PGA in 2017) and the conditions were more difficult than in the morning, when the wind was blowing. Shortly after finishing one of the stellar matches of this first day, the Catalan Pablo Larrazábal delivered his card, with 77 strokes, in a day to forget with six bogeys, a double bogey and a single birdie.
Previously, Adri Arnaus was the first Spaniard to finish with a lap of 72 (+2). The last of our team to finish was Sergio García. With three holes to go he was even but on 16, 17 and 18 the player from Castellón complicated the day and delivered a 73 (+3).
Finally, other results to highlight: 73 by Dustin Johnson, 67 by Justin Thomas (a lap of merit without a doubt in the afternoon), 71 by world number 1 Scottie Scheffler (the lap got out of hand in just an hour of play) and 72 from #3 Collin Morikawa.