Ten inches — it was a putt that ought to have been nothing for the world’s present prime golfer, Jon Rahm. However one thing simply went improper. He didn’t take a full stance, strolling as much as the ball on the inexperienced to faucet it in. The ball traveled about three inches earlier than coming to a cease, turning what would have been a par-3 right into a bogey for the outlet as Rahm needed to take a second crack at it.
The misstep occurred on the seventh gap within the first spherical of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy has a strong lead for the time being, although Rahm and a number of other different golfers are nonetheless in competition because the match continues over the following two days.
Rahm has been sitting atop the world golf rankings for 40 weeks after ending first on the 2021 U.S. Open and within the prime eight of the opposite three 2021 majors. The shot he was taking has a make-percentage of over 99.9 %, in accordance with the PGA. It’s the shortest miss on tour this season. However hey, it occurs typically — largely to the remainder of us, however typically to one of the best of us.
And he’s not the primary poor soul this sort of factor has ever occurred to as on the 1985 Ryder Cup, Craig Stadler missed a 14-inch putt that might have gained the match, and Europe went on to take the trophy. Stewart Cink missed a tap-in on the 2001 U.S. Open (a lot greater stakes than the Arnold Palmer Invitational), and Hale Irwin really fully whiffed the ball on a tap-in putt through the 1983 Open Championship.
In 2021, golfer Justin Warren missed a one-footer in a qualifier that, had he made the putt, would have given him his first ever PGA Tour begin. McIlroy had a extremely useful piece of recommendation afterwards — “Don’t miss one-footers, I suppose.” Perhaps he’ll move that nugget of knowledge onto Rahm this week, as effectively.
Rahm has just one main win below his belt at 27 years previous, however fellow professional Pat Perez advised Golf Digest that Rahm doesn’t plan on retiring till he’s crushed Jack Niklaus’ 18 main wins, which even Tiger Woods has discovered himself unable to do as he approaches 50. Perez additionally believes that Rahm is not going to face the accidents that Tiger has suffered due to his golf swing.
He’ll have his subsequent shot in a month when the 2022 Masters kicks off at Augusta.