Jon Rahm is the best golfer in the world – he’s been number 1 since last July. But even the best have flaws.
Rahm’s will only go down as one of the worst ever.
During the opening round on Thursday Arnold Palmer invitation In Orlando, Fla., the reigning US Open champion had a 10-inch putt for par on Bay Hill’s seventh par-3 hole. But he kept it embarrassingly short — according to the PGA Tour’s shot tracker system, his putt only traveled an inch.
Rahm hit his next try, plucking the ball out of the hole and looking at him in disbelief.
According to the Tour, the make percentage on the Tour for putts within one foot: 99.96 percent. It was also the shortest missed putt so far this season.
“I wish I could give you all the excuses in the world,” Rahm said. “But no, it’s as simple as — you know, it just didn’t feel good in my hands, and I tried to stop, but I didn’t. I just didn’t stop. I do not know. It was very strange.
“I tried to stop it, yes. It didn’t sit well in my hands. I was a little sweaty. I have seen many things. I saw the putter get caught a bit on a blade of grass on the way back and did something unusual, hit the ground before because you weren’t paying attention. I’ve seen so many things from one foot. I’ve seen some of the best putters in the world miss it because they don’t really have a proper stance. To be honest, giving away a recording like that sucks.”
Still, it could have been worse.
Hale Irwin made a run at the front in the third round of the 1983 British Open when he came close on a birdie putt on a par-3 14 at Royal Birkdale, England. He finished second, one stroke back. in 2012, In-Kyung Kim had a 14-inch putt up for grabs on the final hole of the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship – also a major – and tipped over. She lost to Sun Young Yoo in a jump-off.
Rahm, meanwhile, rallied with three birdies on the back nine before ending on an even par 72. He’s seven strokes behind Leader Rory McIlroy.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/03/jon-rahm-misses-10-inch-putt-at-arnold-palmer-invitational/ Jon Rahm misses a 10″ putt at the Arnold Palmer Invitational