Between the Masters victory, three other PGA Tour victories in 2023 and a host of other high finishes, Jon Rahm has made the sport look easy this season. Surely, the Spaniard would tame Oak Hill, too, entering the week as the tournament favorite.
But Oak Hill, much like Winged Foot and other big-boy golf courses it’s been compared to, has brought the entire field back down to earth this week, as evidenced by Rahm’s first-round 76, which put him in danger of missing the cut before his second round even started.
The good news? Oak Hill has punched everybody in the mouth on Friday, which allowed Rahm to make a mini-move up the leader board and inside the cut line with a one under through 10 holes start. However, frustrations boiled over for Rahm at the par-3 11th, where what appeared to be a perfect low-bullet cut at the monstrous 245-yard “one-shotter” landed in the center of the green and bounded through to the back rough. Rahm was none too pleased with teh result.
“Great hole, PGA,” Rahm could be heard saying on a hot mic. “Great f—ing hole.”
Tell us how you really feel, bud!
In fairness … the man certainly seems to have a point, and we know he’s not the only one who feels this way about this hole. A 245-yard par 3 with a rock-hard green is just downright silly, even for the best players in the world. If you’re going to put low-irons or *gulp* hybrids or 3 metals or 9 woods or whatever the hell these guys are playing now in their hands, the green needs to be a little more receptive.
Then again, it’s only one hole, and outside of Tyrrell Hatton, who complains about literally every golf course he plays, course-setup critics have been quiet this week. The PGA of America has earned the “tough, but fair” reputation over the last half decade, and this week has been more of the same. Well, besides the 11th hole, according to Rahmbo. By the way, he saved par, naturally.