Champion Jon Rahm aced the par-3 183-yard sixteenth gap with an 8-iron on Saturday morning and grabbed a two-stroke lead after the second spherical of the US PGA Memorial.
The Spanish world quantity three completed his last 5 holes on Saturday morning after a Thursday storm delayed the primary spherical and the solar set on Friday with virtually a 3rd of the sector unable to complete spherical two.
When he resumed on Saturday morning, Rahm shared the lead with American Patrick Cantlay, who had accomplished his second spherical Friday on 8-under, however Rahm opened with a bogey on the par-4 14th, discovering a bunker on his strategy.
The 26-year-old Spaniard seized the lead alone with his hole-in-one on the par-3 sixteenth, the third ace of his PGA profession.
“Every hole-in-one is unexpected, but it was just one of those good numbers,” Rahm stated.
“I just aimed between the pin and the edge of the bunker, hit a straight 8-iron and let the wind do the rest, and it went in.
“I didn’t suppose any ball touchdown wanting the pin would go in simply because it is coming in with such peak from the elevated tee and the greens are delicate… early on, I used to be fairly positive that ball was going to be previous the opening about 15 toes.”
Rahm followed with a birdie putt from just outside six feet at the par-4 17th and parred the last to complete a seven-under par 65 and lead on 10-under 134 through 36 holes.
“I’m in a superb place. Yeah, I’m comfy,” Rahm said. “I’ve been trying ahead to it. I’ve been doing loads of backdoor high 10s and I’m pleased I’m in rivalry for as soon as.”
Rahm has 10 top-10 finishes to this point this season, together with shares of fifth on the Masters and eighth on the PGA Championship, however his solely top-four consequence was a runner-up effort final October on the Zozo Championship at Sherwood.
Rahm is chasing a sixth US PGA victory and his first since final August’s BMW Championship.
Cantlay, whose three US PGA Tour titles embody the 2019 Memorial, was second on 136. Americans Scottie Scheffler, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele and 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa had been on 138.
Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz and American Rickie Fowler shared seventh on 139.