David Puig, among the four leaders in Houston

Puig, Rahm's compatriot, shone on Saturday at the LIV Houston with a -6 in the second round for a total of -10, leaving him at the top of the tournament with just one round to go

by Andrea Gussoni
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David Puig, among the four leaders in Houston
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Spanish golfer David Puig and Mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz are two of the four golfers leading the LIV Houston tournament, from which Jon Rahm withdrew on Saturday during the second round due to an injury. Rahm's team, Legion XIII, with Rahm as captain, detailed on the X social network that the former world number one has "an infection in his left foot" that only allowed him to play six holes on Saturday.

The US Open, the third major of the season, begins next Thursday.

David Puig, results

In this year's two majors, Rahm did not make the weekend cut at the PGA Championship and was unable to successfully defend his green jacket at the Masters in Augusta, which was won by American Scottie Scheffler (who also won that major in 2022).

Puig, Rahm's compatriot, shone on Saturday at the LIV Houston with a -6 in the second round for a total of -10, leaving him at the top of the tournament with just one round to go. Also at -10 total is Ortiz after posting a -4 on Saturday.

The other two golfers also at -10 total are Polish golfer Adrian Meronk and British golfer Paul Casey. Additionally, Sergio García has a total of -7, Colombian golfer Sebastián Muñoz has a -4, Eugenio Chacarra and Mexican golfer Abraham Ancer are both at -3, and Chilean golfer Mito Pereira is at even par.

David Puig turned professional in September 2022 and joined LIV Golf, making his debut as a professional at the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago. Prior to turning pro, he had competed in two events as an amateur. He also joined the Asian Tour and made an impressive start by holding the third-round lead at the inaugural International Series Morocco at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Although he finished solo third, two strokes behind Jazz Janewattananond, it was a promising start to his professional career. Puig became a member of the Torque GC team for the 2023 LIV Golf League, alongside notable players such as Joaquín Niemann, Sebastián Muñoz, and Mito Pereira.

Despite being the youngest player on the team, Puig contributed to Torque's success by winning team events in Orlando, Washington, Andalusia, and Greenbrier. In October 2023, Puig achieved his first professional victory at the International Series Singapore tournament on the Asian Tour.

He led wire-to-wire and secured the win with an impressive five-stroke margin. Overall, Puig's early career shows promise and potential, with notable achievements both as an individual player and as part of a team.

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