Jon Rahm stares down reporter and provides grim injury update ahead of US Open

Jon Rahm has told reporters he's playing hurt at the 2024 US Open but he still believes he has a good chance of winning the third men's major of the year.

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm has revealed he's playing hurt at the 2024 U.S. Open but the Spaniard contends he can still be a factor this week. 

Rahm withdrew from last week's LIV Golf event in Houston after only playing six holes of the second round. 

It was later confirmed that he is dealing with an infection in his left foot, putting his appearance at Pinehurst No.2 in jeopardy. 

The 2023 Masters champion arrived to his news conference on Tuesday wearing one flip-flop and one shoe. 

Rahm told reporters that the injury is 'a concern' but he wouldn't play unless he felt he could win the third men's major of the year. 

"It's doing better, but definitely still in pain," he said matter-of-factly. 

Asked exactly what has happened, Rahm said there is a 'lesion in the skin'. 

"If I were to show you, it's a little low in between my pinky toe and the next toe," he said. 

"I don't know how or what happened, but it got infected. The pain was high. 

"On the Saturday round, Saturday morning [in Houston], I did get a shot to numb the area. 

"It was supposed to last the whole round, and by my second hole I was in pain already."

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

He continued: "The infection was the worrisome part. The infection is now controlled, but there's still swelling and there's still pain. 

"There's a reason I walked out here in a shoe and a flip-flop, trying to keep the area dry and trying to get that to heal as soon as possible.

"But I can only do what I can do. The human body can only work so fast."

Rahm will be playing the first two rounds of the major alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth

He has been handed a tee time of 6:36pm (BST) on Thursday.

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