US Open 2022: Why Jon Rahm appreciates the history of the Country Club

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Jon Rahm looks like he’s really having fun at the 2022 U.S. Open this week.

Not only is the defending champ tied for second at 4-under over 36 holes, he has nothing but good things to say about the course at Brookline Country Club.

The Country Club is one of the most famous venues in all of golf. Founded in 1882, it is one of the five founding clubs of the USGA.

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Rahm appreciates the history behind some of the sport’s most famous courses, and the Country Club is no different.

“It’s a place where you walk in and you start to hear the stories and you go into the locker room and you see the images and the essence of what happened, that makes it even more special,” Rahm said. after Friday’s second round.

“It’s real living history on this golf course. You step on holes that some greats have had in the past. When you get to 17 and you hear everything that happened on that hole , it’s very, very unique. Yeah, it’s very It’s obviously kind of like going to Augusta or somewhere like Riv, Colonial, courses that have hosted events for a long time and are part of this game. “

Besides the story, Rahm loves the uniqueness of the course and how it suits many different styles of play. Many of the holes also offer a bunch of different ways to play them. It’s a dynamic that makes competing on a course like this all the more fun.

“I think a setup like this or a setup like this last week in Canada or Memorial where you have difficulty managing, it really emphasizes all aspects of the game,” explained Rahm. “Especially on a golf course like this. The more I play it, the more I like it.

“It’s such a unique design where you have options off the tee, and you can really choose what you want, and that’s why you have so many players in the leaderboard who have a bit of a difference in length. you.

“Just because you have holes like 17 where you can be as aggressive or as passive as you want. Holes like #7, very similar chord. #5, #3, you can push it as far or as far as you want and give yourself a chance. That’s what makes it so fun, especially with a US Open setup. And having that length is always going to be an advantage, but it will be neutralized a few times, and it’s really, really fun.”

Rahm has a chance to make his own story this weekend. A victory would make him the third golfer in the past 70 years to win back-to-back US Open titles. One such player, Curtis Strange, won his first consecutive US Open crown at the Country Club in 1988.

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