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Jon Rahm earns part of the halfway lead at the Scottish Open


The world number one Jon Rahm felt there was still plenty of room for improvement, despite an impressive six-under-par 65 series in the second round of the Scottish Open at the Renaissance club.

Rahm stepped up his preparations for next week’s British Open by placing seven birdies in his first ten holes en route to an 11-under clubhouse goal, later selected by overnight leader Jack Senior and Belgian Thomas Detry.

“Those first ten holes I played amazingly,” said Rahm, who won his first title at the U.S. Open three weeks ago.

“I was seven to ten and the three parks I had were short wells that could be made. It was clearly bird chances.”

After dropping two shots on the second and fourth holes, he hopes to clear up his game over the weekend.

“I made some aggressive swings without thinking about it as much as I could play because I played so well and maybe could take a step back,” the Spaniard said. “If I just clear up a few bugs, it might be better.”

Rahm was also involved in a bizarre incident with a spectator, who casually walked to the 10th tea before taking a club out of his pocket mate Rory McIlroy’s pocket.

As the spectator was sent off the venue, McIlroy, the four-time big winner, missed the cut-off after a second round of 71 left him 10 strokes off the pass.

The English duo Matthew Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood – who have won four shots in his last three holes – are a shot off the pace with South African George Coetzee, while Justin Thomas was part of the group that sits three behind.

American Scottie Scheffler stayed within four strokes of the lead after signing for a beautiful lap of 63, with European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington also bottoming at seven.



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