Jon Rahm desacrated with the putt in Jeddah

The Jeddah tournament, held in Saudi Arabia and part of the LIV Golf, saw its second round of competition this Saturday

by Andrea Gussoni
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Jon Rahm desacrated with the putt in Jeddah
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The Jeddah tournament, held in Saudi Arabia and part of the LIV Golf, saw its second round of competition this Saturday. Jon Rahm, who entered the day as a co-leader, did not have his best performance with his short game, dropping to a crowded fifth position.

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Rahm shares this spot at -9 with Adam Meronk (the other co-leader after the first round), Abraham Ancer, and Lucas Herbert. Leading the pack at -13 is Chilean Joaquín Niemann, followed by Charl Schwartzel at -11 and Jason Kokrak and Louis Oosthuizen tied at -10.

The remaining Spanish participants couldn't break into the top ranks ahead of the final round. David Puig sits in twentieth place at -4, Sergio García is in thirty-third place at -2, and Eugenio López-Chacarra is in forty-fourth place at even par.

Thus, Rahm will carry the hopes of Spanish golf into the final round on Sunday, although he faces tough competition. His second round included four birdies and three bogeys, a far cry from the excellent eight birdies of the initial round.

Rahm started strong, with a solid birdie putt of about three meters putting him in the lead from the start. However, he struggled with birdie putts afterward, missing several opportunities, and had to save par on the 6th hole.

His putting woes culminated in a bogey on the 8th hole (par 4) after some difficulty. Despite this, Rahm showed resilience, with excellent approaches on holes 9 and 10 resulting in consecutive birdies. However, his momentum was halted by bunkers on holes 12 and 13, leading to two bogeys.

A birdie on the 15th hole was his only joy in the latter part of the round, as putting inconsistency prevented him from climbing further. Starting the third and final round tied with multiple players, Rahm will begin four strokes behind leader Joaquín Niemann (-13).

Niemann showcased brilliance with six birdies, all in his last eleven holes, securing a two-shot lead over South African Charl Schwartzel (-11), who carded five birdies and one bogey. In third place is the impressive Jason Kokrak (-10), with nine birdies and one bogey to match Louis Oosthuizen (-10), who has been flawless over two rounds.

Behind them, David Puig was having a solid round, but a double-bogey on the 16th hole hindered his progress. Nonetheless, he managed six birdies and two more bogeys to hold twentieth place at -4. Sergio García struggled more, dropping to thirty-third place at -2 after losing a stroke to the course in the second round (three birdies and four bogeys).

Meanwhile, Eugenio López-Chacarra finished even par with four birdies and three bogeys, placing him forty-fourth.

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