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Jon Rahm shows chevrons at the US Open while Sergio García and Arnaus say goodbye

The Spanish Jon Rahm has confirmed that he is going strong in the defense of the US Open of golf by taming The Country Club (Brookline, Massachusetts) again and closing the second day one shot off the lead, while fellow Spaniards Sergio García and Adri Arnaus bid farewell to the third major of the course by not passing the cut.

Rahm won in Mexico a little over a month ago but 2022 was not smiling at the former number one in the world. One year later, the United States Open brings the best version of Barrica, who with three under par this Friday stands at -4, one of the leaders, the Americans. Colin Morikawa Y Joel Dahman.

Spanish and Northern Irish Rory McIlroy, also at -4, challenge the local dominance in the upper zone, surrounded by 11 American players after the probably friendliest two days of the tournament. Boston’s legendary course is going to get tougher, in every way, especially when the USGA gives a twist to the position of the flags for the weekend.

After a solid debut, Rahm showed gallons this Friday with a recital that left an eagle on the 14th hole, after already saving several delicate moments and after a bogey on the 13th. The champion appeared at the top of the table and remained constant in the second nine, with a cannon with wood at 5 for another birdie.

The last accurate attack by the Spaniard was on the 8th hole, to leave that -4 that an uncontrolled McIlroy also signed at the start but with quality to spare, as he showed last week with his double in Canada, to even finish under par. The American squad, beyond Morikawa, is surprised that it is not occupied by Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau or Jordan Spieth, although all is not lost.

Those who do say goodbye have been the other two Spanish tricks. Sergio Garcia He did it for one hit and upset, with a good card of 70 hits that with some luck should have been better, but weighed down by the four under par on Thursday. Meanwhile, Adri Arnaus, also forced to come back, said goodbye with a 71.

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