KAPALUA, Hawaii – Watching Jon Rahm negotiate the Plantation Course this week, it appears as if he’s spent his entire life honing his craft on quirky Bermuda grass.
Rahm’s last victory, in fact, was on Bermuda grass at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship. But that doesn’t mean the Spaniard considers himself an expert on the warm-weather surface. Truth is, he’s spent the early part of his young professional career learning how to play on the stuff.
“I told my caddie when we first started working together that I don’t play well on Bermuda,” Rahm said after a third-round 66 that left him in third place at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
“I had a hard time reading the greens, chipping. I had to change the way I chipped for Bermuda.”
The work has paid off, particularly at Kapalua, where he ranks second this week in scrambling and needed just 29 putts on Saturday.
Rahm closed his round with a flourish on Saturday, playing his last five holes in 5 under par, but he said that wasn’t the most impressive part of his round.
“Being bogey-free,” he said, when asked to identify the best part of his day. “It shows I haven't made many mistakes, and the mistakes I made I was able to fix.”