Jon Rahm sums up indifferent PGA Championship: "I'm surprised"

Former world number one Jon Rahm has offered his thoughts after he finished outside the projected cut at the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

Former world number one Jon Rahm admitted he was 'surprised' after his performance at the 2024 PGA Championship.

Rahm came into the second men's major of the year as a somewhat unknown quantity. 

His performances in the LIV Golf League have been solid but he is yet to win on the breakaway since joining for half a billion dollars last December. 


He opened his account at Valhalla on Thursday afternoon with a hard-fought one-under 71 at a golf course Tiger Woods described as 'big boy'. 

On Friday, Rahm cut a frustrated figure as he failed to improve on his first round score, ultimately making three birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey for a 72.

It left him outside the projected cut of one-under. Undoubtedly, he was the highest-profile LIV player to miss out on the weekend. 

Asked by LIV Golf's editorial director Mike McCallister how he would sum up his play, Rahm said: "Surprised." 

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

He added: "Surprised because of how I felt like I was hitting it in Australia and Singapore and in the week off before coming here, especially off the tee, hitting great drives – and that's what's been my downfall.

"I just couldn't find a fairway off the tee. You can make birdies off the fairway, but off the rough, it's a tough golf course to score on and that's kind of what happened to me."

"I was just hoping to get one more [birdie] and clear myself. 

"But yeah, when you're playing bad you kind need the extra motivation some kind of way. 

"It was on my mind [the cut] and the swing wasn't quite there, but with the putter, I felt comfortable. 

"I was just begging to give myself some kind of a chance and I could never give myself anything on the last three holes." 

At the other end of the leaderboard, his LIV peers Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambreau were busy making a charge to put themselves into contention to try and hoist the Wanamaker. 

Six-time major champ Phil Mickelson also missed the cut after posting rounds of 74 and 72. 

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