[PHOTO: Tim Warner]

Five days before the start of the US Open at Pinehurst No.2, Jon Rahm had to withdraw from the LIV Golf event in Houston with a foot injury. Limping slightly during his first-round 69 at the Golf Club of Houston, Rahm played six holes in round two before deciding to withdraw. LIV Golf posted a video on X confirming the WD and showing Rahm shaking hands with his group before leaving the course.

The withdrawal may very well have been precautionary for Rahm, the 2021 US Open champion at Torrey Pines. The 29-year-old was reportedly dealing with a cut or cuts between his toes.

Rahm, who is in his first year on LIV Golf after leaving the PGA Tour last December, has played solidly on the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit, with top-10 finishes in all seven starts, including four top-5s. But the former world No.1 and current No.7 has struggled in this year’s majors. He tied for 44th in the Masters and missed the cut in last month’s PGA Championship at Valhalla.