Rahm enjoying Cantlay battle in Atlanta

04 September 2021 19:43:51 GMTPlus11
Rahm feeding off leader Cantlay

Jon Rahm says playing partner Patrick Cantlay is bringing the best out of him as he moved to within one shot of the American at the halfway stage of the Tour Championship at East Lake.

The world number one birdied the final three holes of his second round to move onto 17-under par, one behind FedExCup leader Cantlay. Rahm is 15.00 to get his hands on the trophy, while Cantlay is 1.03 to win in Atlanta.

Top two on song

Rahm's impressive five-under 65 gave himself a chance of victory, while Cantlay followed his first-round 67 with a bogey-free 66.

Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau is third on 11-under, with fellow American Justin Thomas hot on his heels on 10-under. Tony Finau, Kevin Na, Vikor Hovland, Cameron Smith and Harris English all share fifth place one shot further back, although it looks like it could turn into a two-way battle for the title.

Rahm started the tournament four shots off the pace, but he says the intense battle with Cantlay is bringing the best out of him.

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He told The Straits Times: "Even though I want to focus on myself, every time you see a score, you know he's not going to let up, and he keeps putting it in the fairway and on the green and in the fairway and on the green - it can raise your playing level a little bit as well as much as me raising his level when I'm making birdies.

"So we definitely feed off each other, and that's probably why you see the difference in the scoreboard right now."

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