Jon Rahm’s 63 has set a new scoring record at Hoylake. But the Spaniard unsurprisingly isn’t that interested in numbers
They’d never seen a 64 at a Royal Liverpool Open, never mind 63. But even though he fired the lowest score ever seen in a major championship at Hoylake, Jon Rahm isn’t finished yet.
“I would rather win three times and never shoot 63,” said the Spaniard, who put the capitals into ‘Moving Day’ with an incredible third round charge.
“It is my lowest round on a links golf course, my lowest round in an Open Championship. Also, the lowest round shot on this course. It feels really good, but there is a lot of work to do tomorrow.
“The job to do today was to come out today and give myself the best opportunity I could. Whenever you get a birdie, you think about one more. That is all you can do.
“It feels really, really good. We practice so hard, and at least a lot of us expect certain things. It gets to a point when you visualise it and you see how it’s supposed to happen. If I do this properly, I will hit it here, that sort of thing.
“It doesn’t happen often where you see those shots come out the way they are supposed to and you put them in the spot you’re supposed to. It’s very unusual.”
Rahm was two-over coming into the third round, after opening up with rounds of 74 and 70, but had cut a frustrated figure around Royal Liverpool.
“I was playing good golf, and I knew what I was capable of,” he said. “It was mistakes that I made. I gave up the shots and at major championships, it’s very costly.
“That was mainly it. That is what I was feeling. I knew I was playing better, and my swing and my game felt better than the scores I was shooting.
“Yesterday’s [Friday’s] finish is an example. I was two-under, coming down 18 with a chance to finish three-under and I make a stupid bogey from 30 yards away. That is just an example of it but today was a complete opposite.”
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