Scottish Open: ‘Incredible’ Jon Rahm shares lead as Rory McIlroy misses the cut

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm shares the Scottish Open lead with Thomas Detry and Jack Senior
-11 J Rahm (Spa), T Dentry (Ger), J Senior (Eng); -10 L Westwood (Eng), G Coetzee (SA), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -8 A Quiros (Spa), D Law (Sco), I Poulter (Eng), J Thomas (USA); -7 P Harrington (Ire), S Scheffler (USA), R Bland (Eng), M Kinhult (Swe), O Farr (Wal).
Selected others: -6 T Fleetwood (Eng), T Hatton (Eng); -5 R MacIntyre (Sco); -3 E Molinari (Ita); -1 R McIlroy (NI); E M Kaymer (Ger).

World number one Jon Rahm delivered an “incredible” first 10 holes to share the Scottish Open lead, as playing partner Rory McIlroy missed the cut.

Rahm is tied on 11 under par with German Thomas Detry and England’s Jack Senior, who was the overnight leader.

The reigning US Open champion, 26, made seven birdies in his opening 10 holes, with the trio leading by a shot after two rounds.

“Those first 10 holes I played incredible,” said the Spaniard.

“I was seven under through 10 and the three pars I had were short putts that could have been made. They were clearly birdie chances. That’s not always going to happen.

“After that the elements changed and I was playing some holes in a wind I had never played before. I got a little hesitant.

“I made some aggressive swings without thinking about it as much as I could have because I was playing so well and maybe could have taken a step back. Swing-wise it’s good. If I just clean up some little mistakes it could be better.”

Detry and Senior, who flew “under the radar” in the opening round, later matched Rahm’s score.

English duo Lee Westwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick are a shot behind, alongside South African George Coetzee.

Four-time major winner McIlroy’s second-round 71 meant he missed the cut by a shot, finishing on one under par.

It was a disappointing day for the 32-year-old, whose round was disrupted by a spectator taking a club from his bag at the 10th tee, as Rahm looked on.

The man was ejected from the North Berwick course and later taken to hospital.

David Law is the top Scot on eight under par, level with world number three Justin Thomas, Ian Poulter and Alvaro Quiros.

The round of the day belonged to Scottie Scheffler, who shot 63 to climb within four shots of the leading trio alongside Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington.

BBC News

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