The world’s top-ranked amateur is once again playing well against a field full of professionals this week at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Rahm took advantage of calm early conditions Saturday to shoot a 5-under 66, posting a 54-hole total of 10-under 203 just before storms halted play at El Camaleon.
A senior at Arizona State, Rahm is playing this week on a sponsor invite. He used a similar invitation earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he tied for fifth in front of a partisan crowd.
“I just feel that I belong here,” Rahm said. “I just feel so comfortable here, and I want to prove myself that I belong here and that I can shoot low.”
Rahm won the Tavistock Collegiate last month at Isleworth, and he credits his recent good play to a fix he made with his driver. That change proved beneficial Saturday, where he found 10 of 14 fairways en route to six birdies.
Rahm has already earned spots in the 2016 U.S. Open and Open Championship by virtue of winning the McCormack Medal earlier this year. While he plans to complete his senior year in Tempe, he indicated he may bypass his spot at Royal Troon next summer in order to begin his professional career.
“I want to graduate. I want to finish,” he said. “The latest I’m turning pro is the week after the U.S. Open, as of right now.”