Motivated Rahm keeps his cool

27 January 2018 20:58:09 GMTPlus11

Jon Rahm is keeping it simple as he heads into the weekend of the Farmers Insurance Open in second, with victory and the world's number one ranking in his sights.

The Spaniard star is on 10-under 134 through 36 holes, just one back of the leader Ryan Palmer, as he seeks to defend his title at the famous Torrey Pines Golf Club on the Californian clifftops.

Victory would not only be his fifth worldwide in just 39 professional starts, it would also see him push Dustin Johnson from the top of those world rankings. It's a potentially astonishing feat, yet Rahm remains both enthused and relaxed about the prospect.

"It's extremely motivating and extremely humbling to think that I have the opportunity to do it," he said after his second round six-under-par 66 on the North Course. "But if it doesn't happen it's not the end of the world. I know that in the future I'll have the chance again.

"I have a job to do this week. I need to take it one shot at a time. If I think about what could happen I won't play too well."

Despite bettering Thursday's South Course effort by two, he was not entirely comfortable with the way he played on Friday.

"I did not like my driving today," he added. "You know, I had the putter really hot on the first nine holes, I made a lot of really good putts, for birdie and par, then my short game kept me a live for the rest of the day."

Further down the leaderboard Tiger Woods made birdie on his final hole of the day to make the cut by one shot on one-under 143.

"It was a grind," he admitted, before showing a glimpse of the old champion: "It's so stacked up, anybody who made the cut can win. Hopefully I can go out there and post a low number."

Rahm is 2001.00 to win the tournament outright. Woods is 2.00 to shoot 72 & under in his third round, 1.72 to score 73 & over, and 2001.00 to win the event.

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