AUSTIN, Texas – Most gamers will level to a long putt or essential shot when requested to establish a turning level in a match. For Jon Rahm, the turning level on Friday on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play was a 300-plus-yard venting to clear his head.
Trailing Ryan Palmer by a gap via 13 holes, Rahm pulled his drive at No. 14 right into a water hazard. He used the subsequent jiffy to clear his head.
“I told [caddie Adam Hayes], he acted as a therapist there, I’m going to get all my frustrations out from here to the green, all of them out,” Rahm stated. “For about 300 yards I basically got everything out, got every possible excuse I can think of out, every ounce of negative thought out of me, finished the hole, and played the last four holes of the regular round as good as I thought I could.”
The venting appeared to work with Rahm making birdie at his subsequent two holes on his method to a tie with Palmer, whom he ultimately defeated on the second further gap to advance to the Sweet 16.
“Think about the shots I hit. That tee shot on 15 was key to put in the fairway because having enough spin to that ball, just need to land it somewhere on line and it’s going to go close,” he stated. “Then the two shots to get into 16, home on two, the shot on the par 3, 17, was great. The drive and the chip on 18 were all good. Everything else I played great golf, and even the way I finished it.”