Rahm’s opening-round 78 equals the second-worst of his professional career, with his highest being a third-round 82 at The Players in 2017; world No 1 is 11 shots behind early pacesetter Julien Guerrier.
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 14/10/21 4:02pm
Jon Rahm struggled to an opening-round 78 at the Andalucia Masters
Jon Rahm equalled the second-worst score of his professional career as he suffered a nightmare start on home soil at the Estrella Damm N.A Andalucia Masters.
The world No 1, the pre-tournament favourite at Real Club Valderrama, failed to register a single birdie and found just four fairways on the tee as he struggled to a disappointing seven-over 78.Rahm carded five bogeys and one double-bogey to find himself 11 strokes behind early pacesetter Julien Guerrier, with his opening-day total his highest since he shot a 78 during the second round of The Open in 2018. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Julien Guerrier reflects on grabbing the early lead at the Andalucia Masters after an impressive opening-round 67 in tough conditions at Valderrama. Julien Guerrier reflects on grabbing the early lead at the Andalucia Masters after an impressive opening-round 67 in tough conditions at Valderrama. Beginning on the back nine alongside Ryder Cup team-mate Matt Fitzpatrick and last week’s Acciona Open de Espana winner Rafa Cabrera Bello, Rahm bogeyed his opening hole and missed a six-foot birdie chance at the par-five next.Rahm made back-to-back bogeys from the 12th and slipped to four over when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the par-three 15th, with a three-putt double-bogey at the 18th seeing him limp to the turn in 42. Live European Tour Golf October 15, 2021, 1:00pm Live on The US Open champion holed a 10-footer to save par at the third and converted from a similar distance to avoid dropping a shot at the par-five next, having found the water with his approach, only for him to bogey the seventh to fall further down the leaderboard. Guerrier mixed six birdies with two bogeys in testing conditions to set the clubhouse target, with Cabrera Bello a shot off the pace after a three-under 68 and just a handful of players under par on the opening day.More to follow…