The Biscayan golfer Jon Rahm has failed to close distance from American Dustin Johnson, leader at the end of the third day of Augusta Masters, which is held this week instead of in April as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.
As Rahm stumbled across a unfortunate double bogey on hole 8 and a final bogey to end his initial score of 9 under par thanks to three birdies, Johnson, his match mate, scored an impeccable round of 7 shots under par and a cumulative -16.
“I couldn’t make a putt. It saved me by making two birdies on 14 and 15. I try to always be positive, but now it’s hard for me because I’m seven strokes away. Bad topic“Rahm told Efe disappointed that he will try to hunt down the leader during the last day.
The Barrika golfer, number two in the world ranking, had to finish his second round delayed by rain early in the morning on Saturday. “The good thing about this afternoon is that all the greens are going to be fast and Augusta is going to play more like Augusta usually plays.“Rahm had told Efe before starting the third round.
As in his previous Masters, in which he finished in fourth place (2018) and tied for ninth place (2019), the Biscayan golfer has placed himself among the top positions ahead of Sunday’s decisive day.
The Gran Canaria Rafa Cabrera Bello (+2), the other Spaniard who continues to compete in Augusta after the dismissal of Sergio García, champion of the 2017 Masters, for testing positive for coronavirus, and the elimination of the Gipuzkoan José María Olázabal, winner of the 1994 and 1999 editions, has had difficulties in his third round.
“The truth is that the first objective was to pass the cut. Obviously it is not the main objective. Although it is not being a great Masters, I have the weekend to try to give myself opportunities,” Cabrera Bello told Efe, after his second round , concluded with a par putt that allowed him to continue competing for the minimum.