Jon Rahm came into this week’s event at the Memorial at Muirfield Village knowing that a victory would land him the coveted #1 golfer in the world slot. On Saturday, he took a rather large step toward doing it as he was the only man that truly took control of Muirfield on the day. He shot a -4 68, which honestly doesn’t sound brilliant, but when you examine the facts a little closer, it was.
His was the lowest round of the day, and because of it, he now has a four-stroke advantage over previous joint-leaders Tony Finau and Ryan Palmer. Should he indeed win on Sunday, he would be the top golfer in the world. Of the course, Rahm said that a ‘scratch golfer’ would be lucky to break 80 or even 90, such were the toughness of the conditions. That makes Sunday far from a certainty for the Spaniard, though he will be favored due to the big lead he has. Tiger Woods, in other news, shot a fine 71 on the day, stating that his back was feeling better. Mine would be, too, if I had shot so well on the day at that particular course.