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May 21, 2023

Jon Rahm

Rochester, New York, USA

Oak Hill Country Club

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JON RAHM: Well, besides the times where it rained heavily, which was only moments here and there, I think it was a little easier conditions. It wasn't quite as windy, so that makes the course slightly easier, right?

When it comes to me, obviously I struck it much better. Only missed two greens, hit it really, really well, and gave myself a ton of birdie opportunities.

Had I putted a little better, I think obviously I would be a little bit closer to in contention. I'm not being too far-fetched. I missed it three putts yesterday inside 5 feet and a lot of good looks today that just didn't want to go in.

But really happy that coming down the stretch I played good, especially those last two holes. Finishing with those two pars, having two 15-footers for birdie is a good way to finish.

Q. Is there something about yesterday that -- was it just the golf course, driving? Did you have any particular thing that you were just bothered by?

JON RAHM: Yeah, obviously it wasn't easy. It's windy. The course is firm. Those fairways are hard to hit, but I just didn't -- beside the first I would say five, six holes I didn't hit my best off the tee. I missed the fairways on 16, 17, and 18, and making pars on those is going to be very difficult.

The few times I hit the fairway, I ended up making mistakes. Going long on 2 is a penalty stroke. Who knows about 8 because the other ones I didn't hit the fairway; right?

I think there was a moment, right, from 16 to 2 or 3 if on that stretch of golf I could maybe make one or two putts, it would change the momentum of the round and you may be looking at a different day.

I think that happened to Rory yesterday. He was in a bad dynamic and made that putt on 2 and turned around the whole round.

Again, I keep going back. You're going to hit it better or worse, but I wish I would have made a couple more putts closer to the hole. Those are shots given away that you can't afford to give away in majors.

Q. There was one of those moments with the three birdies in a row, is it something you think you can replicate?

JON RAHM: I was pissed that they're bogeying one of the easier holes on the course. All you need to do is somehow hit it in between the lies. It doesn't even need to go far and you have a short iron into a pin that's doable today.

I wasn't happy, and knowing that those next three holes were doable, I tried to be a little bit more aggressive and go after it and hit the shots I needed to it and the birdies I needed to.

Yeah, looking forward to more of that tomorrow hopefully.

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