Rahm and García face the toughest test of the PGA Championship

Kiawah Island is a great challenge for anyone who wants to succeed Collin Morikawa.

Rahm on Tuesday at hole 6 of Kiawah Island.AFP

Barely nine months have passed since Collin Morikawa stroll along the cliffs of San Francisco on the most humiliating weekend in the history of the majors. During the last PGA Championship, the American massacred Harding Park with laps of 65 and 64 strokes, an unusual event in the outcome of a tournament of this category. Jim Richerson, the president of the PGA whose pulse had not trembled to change the venue of the tournament because it was going to be played in a field of Donald TrumpHe breathed in relief as Morikawa lifted the Wanamaker trophy.

2020 was already history and the protagonism, if the pandemic allows it, will be the mythical scenario of 2021, Kiawah Island, one of the beasts of the world. portfolio from the designer Pete Dye, spurred on by the cold Atlantic wind, is already crying out for revenge. Richerson waits impatiently, as the players plead for mercy as they suffer in the early rounds of practice. The show starts from Thursday with only two Spaniards in the running; Jon Rahm Y Sergio Garca, to the lowest figure in a major since the US Open 2015.

“For our sanity, I hope we don’t play all week from the tees from behind, “commented Rahm after his first contact with the field. In total 7,876 yards or what is the same, just over 7,200 meters, the longest track in the history of the greats.” From hole 14 to the 18 the shortest stick I hit green it was a 5 iron … and I do not consider myself, precisely, a short puncher “, warns the Barrika player, who will go out on Thursday with Patrick Reed Y Tommy Fleetwood at 7:25 p.m. in mainland Spain.

“Long and difficult holes”

For his part, Garca arrives ready to get rid of his bad streak in majors, where the cut has not been made since The Open 2019. “In this course it will depend a lot on how they put it. Playing it these days from behind and with the wind it is doing is a very hard course, with long and difficult holes, and greenes complicated, “he said, with the added motivation of someone who wants a place in the Ryder Cup team.

Garcia will face the first two days to Kiawah Island with the number one in the world, Dustin Johnson, Y Shane Lowry, current champion of the Open Championship, will be in one of the last matches on Thursday, from 20:09 in Spain. The field, located in South Carolina, wrote an unforgettable story during the 1991 Ryder Cup, which the United States won with several controversies and confrontations between members of the two teams.

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