Augusta, 08 April: Jon Rahm would love to bottle some of his golf on Saturday and take it with him everywhere. First of all, though, he would want to have some of it stay with him as he competes for the Masters title on Sunday. The weather was a completely different story though as it was cold all day after a bit of morning rain.
Rahm would love nothing but to push harder to try and keep the green jacket on Spanish shoulders. And defending champion Sergio Garcia wouldn’t have it any other, if he had the choice on Sunday. After a mysterious 13 at the 15th hole sent Garcia tumbling out of the event, he is in Augusta just waiting to put the jacket on the winner when it is done.
Rahm got his day going with birdies at the first two holes, after starting the day at 1-under. A beautiful chip in eagle at the par-5 eighth pushed him to 5-under as he started to climb up the order. The 23 year old has never finished higher than T23 in a major championship and that result came in the US Open in 2016.
Rahm was chasing in vain as Dustin Johnson ran away winner by eight strokes at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii earlier this season. But he made amends quickly, as he extracted a hard earned play off victory over Andrew Landry in the Career Builder Challenge this January.
It was Rahm’s second PGA TOUR victory, following the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017.
Another man who made a big move on Saturday was Rickie Fowler. He matched Rahm’s 65 in the third round to plant himself right up there with Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed. Fowler made 70 and 72 in the first two rounds.
Bubba Watson was lying T6 with Tommy Fleetwood after making 68 in the third round. Jordan Spieth had a disappointing third round as he remained firmly rooted on the fringes of the top ten.