“I played great golf last week, just a few bad shots on the stretch, and that’s the most important thing to remember.”
The two European Ryder Cup teammates and Burns carded eight Under-64s at Caves Valley Golf Club in Baltimore, Md., To share the lead in the second round of the FedExCup Playoffs that will determine the PGA champion of the season. Tour on September 5.
An eagle on the 16th par five for McIlroy propelled him up the standings and into a share of the lead. The Northern Irishman is 28th in the FedExCup rankings, with only the top 30 making it to the season finale – the Tour Championship – next week.
Rahm and Burns both won bogey-less rounds on Thursday, and with both scheduled for East Lake next week for the circuit championship, maintaining their good form is paramount.
“It was brutal there today”
While Rahm’s clubs remained on fire, it wasn’t the hottest thing in Caves Valley on Thursday.
Cameron Smith, the Australian who finished second after a playoff with Tony Finau at the Northern Trust last week, explained that the speed at which he was walking was something on his mind in Thursday’s round due to the “brutal” conditions.
“I’m from Queensland where it’s hot so I don’t really mind, it just takes a lot. So now I’m looking forward to a quick massage, then a cold shower and a few cold beers.”
Rahm thanked the fact that he had a one-month hiatus imposed by Covid after the 2020 Olympics for maintaining his energy levels.
“Tuesday when I got to the course I didn’t overdo it. I didn’t even venture onto the golf course because I knew it was a tough walk. I just hit a few. balls, some putting and shredding and went home.
“On days like this, what I really prioritize is hydration. If you’re dehydrated in the middle, it’s going to affect you over the next few weeks.”
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