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Niall Horan Ventures into TGL Ownership

In a surprising move former One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan has acquired an ownership stake in Boston Common Golf. The singer-songwriter has long been associated with the sport through his friendship with golfing superstar Rory McIlroy.

Niall Horan Takes Ownership Stake in Tomorrow Golf League

Boston Common Golf, a team within the innovative Tomorrow Golf League (TGL), has welcomed Niall Horan as an investor. The TGL is an innovative indoor golf league created by Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods and is due to start in 2025. Other well-known investors include Serena Williams, Steph Curry and Justin Timberlake.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this venture that merges my passion for golf with the excitement of team competition,” Horan remarked in a statement released on the team’s official website. In addition to his role as an investor, Horan will also act as an ambassador for the team, according to a statement made on the golf team’s website.

Horan Served as a Caddie for Rory McIlroy

Horan has been in the golf business for some time now. From serving as a caddie for McIlroy during the prestigious Masters Par 3 Contest in 2015 to co-founding the successful golf management firm Modest! Golf. His new partnership with Boston Common Golf is the latest addition to Horan’s golf portfolio.

“I can’t wait to experience team golf in this unique format that merges technology with green grass play,” Horan said. “Being able to combine my love for the game and my friendship with Rory into a relationship that helps launch a new concept in golf is truly special.”

Boston Common Golf

Boston Common Golf is one of the six teams of the TGL. The team consists of the four Major winners Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley and is owned by the Fenway Sports Group. The investment group, headed by founders John Henry and Tom Werner, owns the Boston Red Sox, NASCAR’s RFK Racing, the Premier League’s Liverpool franchise and the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Bryson DeChambeau: Stellar Year Overshadowed by Olympic Snub

Bryson DeChambeau has recently voiced his disappointment at not being selected for the U.S. Olympic golf team for the 2024 Paris Games. This comes despite his remarkable performance this year, including a triumphant win at the U.S. Open.

LIV Golf Membership Spoils Participation in the Olympics

Two years ago, DeChambeau made the controversial decision to join LIV Golf, expecting that the league would soon be recognized by the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) system. Unfortunately, this has not materialized, leading to significant repercussions for DeChambeau and his fellow LIV golfers. The most recent impact is DeChambeau’s exclusion from the U.S. Olympic team.

In a pre-tournament press conference at LIV Golf Nashville, DeChambeau discussed his feelings about the situation. “It’s disappointing, but I understand the decisions I made, and the way things have played out has not been necessarily perfectly according to plan,” he said. “I’ve done my best up until now to give myself a chance according to the OWGR, but I realize and respect where the current situation of the game is, albeit it’s frustrating and disappointing.”

Bryson DeChambeau in great form

DeChambeau’s stellar performance this year, which includes a T-6 finish at the Masters and a second-place finish at the PGA Championship, culminated in his second U.S. Open victory. Despite these achievements, his inability to accumulate enough ranking points through LIV Golf events—which do not contribute to the OWGR—has left him outside the top four Americans eligible for the Olympics. Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, DeChambeau’s position was insufficient to surpass Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Wyndham Clark, who will represent the U.S. in Paris.

Reflecting on his past experiences representing Team USA, DeChambeau expressed a deep sense of pride and nostalgia. “I have always loved representing Team USA, whether it’s been the world team amateur, the Walker Cup, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup. It’s been some of the greatest moments of my life,” he said. “Anytime you get a chance to represent your country, I’m all for it.” Looking ahead, DeChambeau remains hopeful. “Hopefully 2028 will be a little different situation, and it will make it that much sweeter,” he concluded, signaling his continued ambition to represent his country on the Olympic stage in the future.

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The Jordan Spieth Rule: PGA Tour Revises Scorecard Rule

The PGA Tour has amended its rule regarding the return of scorecards, an adjustment that is being referred to as the “Jordan Spieth rule.” This change, effective immediately, addresses the circumstances surrounding scorecard errors to minimize disqualifications and unnecessary penalties.

PGA Tour Changes Scorecard Rule After Jordan Spieth Disqualification

The catalyst for the rule change was an incident involving three-time major champion Jordan Spieth at the Genesis Invitational in February. Spieth was disqualified after the second round for signing an incorrect scorecard. He mistakenly recorded a par on the par-3 4th hole at Riviera Country Club when, in fact, he had made a bogey. Spieth later admitted that he hurriedly signed his card, recording a score of 2-over 73 instead of the correct 3-over, due to an urgent bathroom break.

In response to this incident and similar situations, the PGA Tour has introduced a 15-minute window for players to correct errors on their scorecards even after leaving the defined scoring area. This amendment is a collaborative effort involving the USGA, R&A, and DP World Tour, emphasizing a unified approach across major golf organizations.

The New Rule Explained

The updated rule includes the following provisions:

  1. Post-Validation Corrections: If a scorecard is validated in the scoring system and the player has left the scoring area, the player has 15 minutes to return and correct any errors.
  2. Pre-Validation Corrections: If an error is identified before the scorecard is validated, the player can return within 15 minutes to amend the mistake.
  3. Time Expiry in Scoring Area: If a player remains in the scoring area when the 15 minutes expire, the scorecard is considered returned upon their departure.

While the general rule allows a 15-minute correction period, there are exceptions. Situations such as releasing tee times following the cut, initiating a playoff, or the end of competition might limit the correction window to less than 15 minutes.

Reception Among Players

The rule change has garnered positive reactions from many players. Tour professional Michael Kim expressed his approval on the social-media platform X, stating, “I think it is way better this way. Hopefully no more scorecard DQ’s in the future.”

However, not all players are fully satisfied. Andrew Putnam criticized the rule on X, calling it outdated. He highlighted the fact that in no other sport do players keep their own scores, particularly given that golf groups have walking scorers and every shot is meticulously recorded.

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PGA Tour Introduces Special Exemption for Tiger Woods

The PGA Tour has announced the creation of a special sponsor exemption specifically for Tiger Woods, acknowledging his “exceptional lifetime achievement.” This exemption will allow Woods to participate in the eight prestigious signature events, featuring limited fields, substantial prize money, and significant FedEx Cup points. The decision was communicated to tour members in a memo on Tuesday night.

A Special Category for Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, a 15-time major champion and winner of 82 PGA Tour events, has faced significant challenges in recent years, particularly following severe injuries from a car accident in February 2021. Despite these setbacks, Woods’ influence and contributions to the sport remain unparalleled. Recognizing this, the PGA Tour policy board approved the special exemption during a joint meeting with the PGA Tour Enterprises board of directors in Hartford, Connecticut. “An additional sponsor exemption will be created to recognize Tiger Woods in his own category as a player who has reached an exceptional lifetime achievement threshold of 80+ career wins,” the tour’s memo stated.

The exemption grants Woods the opportunity to compete in the season’s eight signature events, which include The Sentry, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage, Wells Fargo Championship, Memorial Tournament, and the Travelers Championship. Normally, Woods would not qualify for these events due to his limited participation in recent seasons. The policy board is also considering the implementation of a 36-hole cut for these signature events, a feature currently present only in the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Memorial Tournament. The tour said it would also develop an alternate list that would ensure that each of the signature events had a field of 72 players. The Travelers Championship has only 71 players after Rory McIlroy withdrew Monday.

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US Open 2024: Ludvig Aberg Used the Rules to Make a Birdie

In the picturesque setting of Pinehurst, where the lack of traditional rough presents players with unfamiliar challenges, you definitely need a dose of luck to win the US Open 2024. Ludvig Aberg proved this impressively during his third round on Saturday.

Perfect drop at the US Open 2024

The USGA had moved the tees on the par-4 3rd forward to 345 meters to encourage players to attack the green directly from the tee. Almost all of them did so – of the 64 players, only five decided against it. Three even managed to hit the green with their tee shot. Aberg, who was in the lead after 36 holes and was playing in his first US Open and only his third major, was one of those who took the risky shot. But he misjudged his 3-wood shot and sent the ball to the left side of the fairway towards the natural areas and wire grass. “He must be lucky here,” commented NBC analyst Brad Faxon.

The ball initially bounced onto the short grass, but then headed towards a sandy area about 50 yards to the left of the hole. Fortunately, the ball came to rest directly in front of a grandstand. This allowed Aberg relief under Rule 16.1 and Local Rule F-23 for a Temporary Moving Obstruction. “He could get back on the fairway,” Faxon said. Indeed, there was short grass within a club-length of Aberg’s nearest relief point, and no closer to the hole. But as reporter Jim “Bones” Mackay noted, there was an important challenge in doing so. “That drop is very important because the ball has a chance to roll backwards into the near-natural area,” Mackay explained. Aberg dropped the ball – and it didn’t roll an inch. “He hit the drop absolutely perfectly,” commented Mackay. Instead of having to deal with a possible sandy location or wire grass, Aberg now had a perfect location on the fairway, just 49 yards from the hole and with plenty of green to work with. “If the ball had rolled back just a few inches, he might have just been able to play out the side,” Mackay added.

 
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Aberg landed the pitch in the middle of the green, from where the ball rolled out about 30 feet to the hole. But he sank the long putt and recorded a birdie. That birdie gave him a two-stroke lead and moved him to one under for the day and six under for the tournament. The Swedish newcomer showed impressively that, in addition to skill, making the best possible use of the rules of golf is also essential if you want to be successful in an important tournament.

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US Open 2024 – Tiger Woods: ” It’s Just So Hard To Get Back”

In the first round of the US Open 2024, Tiger Woods faced a challenging day on the course, struggling to capitalize on his strong driving game. Despite hitting his drives with consistent accuracy, Woods found himself grappling with his iron play and putting, leading to a round that left him with much to improve on. Although Tiger was able to start his round with a birdie, the problems began at the end of the first half of the course. One bogey after another landed on Woods’ scorecard. After 18 holes, the 15-time major champion is on four over par and will have to fight for the cut on Friday.

Tiger Woods struggles on the first day of the US Open 2024

THE MODERATOR: Tiger, give us an opening statement about your round today.

TIGER WOODS: Well, I didn’t hit my irons particularly well. Didn’t putt that great. Drove it on the string all day. Unfortunately I just didn’t capitalize on it.

Q. Tiger, the greens here are pretty nuance. Sometimes you have to play away. Was it more you being conservative with your approach shots or were you not hitting them in the spots you wanted to?

TIGER WOODS: Both. I was somewhat conservative in some of my end points. Then again, I didn’t hit the ball very well either. It added upped to quite a bit of distance away from the flag.

It’s not where I wanted to be on a lot of the holes. It just ended up being that far away because I wasn’t as sharp as I needed to be.

Q. Different setup than a usual U.S. Open. There’s no rough. Native areas. Do you like that kind of test as opposed to what we’re used to seeing?

TIGER WOODS: Well, depends on the golf course. This golf course is all about the greens. The complexes are just so difficult and so severe that, I mean, I think 1-under par is only in fifth. There aren’t that many scores that are low.

It’s hard to get the ball close. In most golf courses you play, you hit shots into where it’s feeding off of slopes into flags, whereas collecting. Here everything is repelling. It’s just hard to get the ball on top of the shelves.

You know if you miss it short side, it’s an auto bogey or higher. Being aggressive to a conservative line is I think how you need to play this particular golf course.

Q. You’ve spoken a few times this year about trying to increase your overall number of holes played and shots taken. Do you feel like your game is accumulating as the year goes on or something more a week-to-week basis?

TIGER WOODS: I’m physically getting better as the year has gone on. I just haven’t been able to play as much because I just don’t want to hurt myself pre, then I won’t be able to play in the major championships.

It’s pick your poison, right? Play a lot with the potential of not playing, or not playing and fight being not as sharp.

Q. Tiger, similar note. Physically you got time now before tomorrow.

TIGER WOODS: Yeah.

Q. What can you do between now and then to make some adjustments and what are you going to be able to do?

TIGER WOODS: Well, I’m hoping I don’t get too tight in the car ride back, that maybe I can hit a few. I can get tight in air-conditioning. Get back there, there’s usually no point.

I’d like to hit a few putts. My speed was not quite there. I think I 3-putted, what, two or three times today. If I clean that up, if I get a couple iron shots not as loose as I did, I’m right there at even par.

It can go so far the other way here, the wrong way. It’s just so hard to get back. This is a golf course that doesn’t give up a whole lot of birdies. It gives up a lot of bogeys and higher.

I thought I did the one thing I needed to do today, which is drive the ball well. I did that, I just didn’t capitalize on any of it.

Q. Felt like you were hitting your irons good coming in, practice days?

TIGER WOODS: They were okay. It wasn’t as good as I’d like. I was pretty one-dimensional early in the week, which is interesting. I was drawing the ball a lot. Now I’m cutting the ball a lot. Welcome to golf (smiling).

Q. Is there anything about the course conditions today that surprised you?

TIGER WOODS: No. The greens are right where they want ’em. A lot of the pins were right up on the crest of the green. A lot of the pins were — if you dumped the ball in the middle of the green, it was into the grain then downgrain, into the grain and then downgrain. That’s how the golf course is going to be set up. We know that going in here. Just a matter of putting the ball in correct spots and just making a bunch of pars and occasionally a birdie here and there, it can be done.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.

TIGER WOODS: Thank you.

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US Open 2024: Rory McIlroy Tied For the Lead

Rory McIlroy had a fantastic first day at the US Open 2024, making back-to-back birdies on the front nine to move into the upper reaches of the leaderboard on a difficult course. And the Northern Irishman also managed further stroke gains on the second half of the course. McIlroy scored the most important birdie on the last hole. His third birdie on the back nine moved him into a share of the lead with Patrick Cantlay. The world number three remained error-free for the entire round.

McIlroy Shares the Lead at the US Open 2024

THE MODERATOR: Welcome back to the interview area. We’re here with Rory McIlroy. 5-under 65, bogey free. How were you able to keep a clean card out there?

RORY MCILROY: Yeah, I think I was saying at the start of the week, my approach at the U.S. Opens over the last few years have — I guess I’ve had some success by the sort of mindset that I’ve brought in, especially last year at LACC. The golf course is a little different to what it was last year, but still the same strategy, same mindset.

Just trying to hit it into the middles of greens and giving yourself chances every single time, taking your medicine if you do hit it into trouble.

My short game was good early on. I chipped in at 5 and had a really good up-and-down on 6, another really good up-and-down on 8. But apart from that, I think I hit every other green. It was a really controlled round of golf.

Q. 15 greens in regulation. How important is it to stay pin high out there?

RORY MCILROY: Yeah, that’s the other thing. You’ve got to get lucky. I had a lot of really good numbers today where I could just go ahead and hit full shots. Whenever you’re hitting full shots into these greens, the ball is going to stop a little quicker than if you have to take something off or hit little three-quarter shots.

Some days you have good numbers and some days you don’t, and for the most part today, I’ve had good numbers.

Q. At the Masters you were talking about watching Scottie and how he made it look so easy. Another big pairing today. Was it nice to be the one putting on the show?

RORY MCILROY: I guess, in a way. It’s not just the Masters that we’ve been watching Scottie do his thing. But yeah, absolutely.

I enjoy playing in these groups. When you’ve been out here for, whatever it is, 16 or 17 years, sometimes you need a little extra to get the juices going, and being in a group like that definitely helps.

Q. You referenced again that stretch of U.S. Opens where you didn’t have it going so well. Were you not embracing what the U.S. Open is during those years, and what finally got you back on track?

RORY MCILROY: No, I didn’t. If you look at the U.S. Open that I did win in ’11, it was more like a PGA Championship rather than a U.S. Open, typical U.S. Open setup.

I really don’t think I embraced U.S. Open setups probably 10 years into my U.S. Open career. Played my first one in ’09, and I think I really changed my mindset around them in 2019, that one in Pebble, and then since then I’ve — I’ve also started to enjoy this style of golf a lot more.

It’s a lot different than the golf that we play week in, week out. I really appreciate that, and I’ve started to appreciate golf course architecture more and more as the years have went on, and I’ve started to read more about it and understand why golf course architects do certain things and design courses the way that they do.

Just becoming more of a student of the game again, and I think because of that I’ve started to embrace golf courses like this and setups like this.

Q. There was a lot of talk at the start of the week about possibly borderline greens. Tiger used the phrase “war of attrition.” How did you feel the setup was today? Do you think they got it just about spot on?

RORY MCILROY: Yeah, I think so. I think we got lucky, as well. There was a lot of humidity early in the day, and then there was quite a lot of cloud cover the whole way through the day so it kept the golf course from getting too fiery.

Selfishly for me, getting back out there in the morning, it’s going to be nice. Hopefully the clouds clear away and it’s a nice clear day for the guys in the afternoon.

But it definitely wasn’t quite as fiery as I expected it to be this afternoon, which has yielded some decent scores.

Q. I don’t recall you walking in a lot of putts all that often, but on 18, you walked that one right in. How satisfying is it to have that walk-off birdie at the end and get a share of the lead?

RORY MCILROY: I thought I’d left it short. That’s why I walked off it. Full disclosure. It looked good, though.

I think there was a stretch there on the back nine, I birdied 10 and then hit a good shot into 11, made par, good shot into 12, made par, good shot into 13, made par, good shot into 14, made par, and I was on this run of hitting it to 20 feet and two-putting.

I actually had a good two-putt on 15. But I just felt like my patience — I could have got a little impatience, but I felt like my patience was rewarded there with birdies on two of the last three holes. It was really nice to finish like that. As I said, a nice bit of momentum going into the morning round tomorrow.

Q. Did you watch any of the morning to see anything about the golf course?

RORY MCILROY: No, I don’t like watching — I just don’t like watching coverage before I go out to play.

Q. You had a great chance to win last year’s U.S. Open. I’m wondering what’s changed in your golf game and your emotional makeup since then?

RORY MCILROY: Nothing. Same person.

Q. Anything in your game, anything technical?

RORY MCILROY: No. Not really, no. I feel like I’m the same player. I was hitting the ball really good. I’d say if anything, I’d say my iron play is maybe a touch better this year than it was last year, just looking at the stats. But overall I feel like I’m pretty much the same golfer.

Q. This course obviously brings out some — requires some different shots and puts you in some weird spots. What does it bring out in you as a golfer or in your game that you find exciting. Just gives us a different look than what we play week in, week out. It’s different. It’s exciting. You have to be a little more creative and imaginative.

It sort of brings me back to links golf when I was a kid a little bit. The greens are a bit more sort of slopey and there’s a bit more movement on them. But there’s options. You can chip it. You can putt it.

I’d love if we played more golf courses like this.

Q. I know you always come into this week with a plan and some thoughtfulness. Is there a specific theme for this week that you’ve returned to mentally to reorient yourself?

RORY MCILROY: Yeah, I think just super conservative with my strategy and my game. I think with my demeanor, just trying to be super stoic. Just trying to be as even-keeled as I possibly can be. I really feel like that’s the thing that has served me well in these U.S. Opens over the past few years.

Just trying to be 100 percent committed to the shots and 100 percent committed to having a good attitude.

Q. You’ve often spoken about the need for good starts to major championships. I just wonder how gratifying this feels to have posted the score that you have.

RORY MCILROY: Yeah. It’s been good. I went through a run there for a while where my starts at major championships weren’t very good. Probably got myself a little too worked up at the start of the week.

But yeah, even back to the PGA, I opened with a 5-under there at Valhalla. Felt like I played okay. First day at Augusta, even going all the way back to this tournament last year, opened with a low one. Wasn’t quite as low as Rickie and Xander, but it was nice to open up with a low one and feel like you’re right in the tournament from the first day.

Certainly the major championships that I’ve won or the ones that I’ve played well at, I’ve always seemed to get off to a good start, and it’s nice to get off to another one.

 
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US Open 2024: Scottie Scheffler Struggles on the First Day

Scottie Scheffler had some problems with the difficult course on the first day of the US Open 2024. Scheffler repeatedly missed the fairway with his tee shots on the famous Pinehurst No. course. After three bogeys and only two stroke gains, the world number one is in the upper midfield of the leaderboard.

Scottie Scheffler struggles at the US Open 2024

Scottie Scheffler had problems right from the start on Thursday and missed many fairways. The world number one did not always manage to free himself perfectly from the sandy ground, so that he had already made two bogeys after six holes. He made up for one of them on the par-4 7th, but was unable to improve on the back nine. In 34th place, Scheffler will have to try to keep up the pace on Friday.

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Rory McIlroy Annuls His Divorce Before the US Open 2024

Just before the US Open 2024 at Pinehurst, Rory McIlroy’s confident demeanor has been clarified: the divorce petition he filed in Florida last month has been voluntarily dismissed. McIlroy and his wife of seven years, Erica, have resolved their differences and decided to stay together.

Rory McIlroy Signed Divorce Petition Before PGA Championship

The initial news of the divorce came as a shock to the golfing world, particularly given its timing just before the PGA Championship. However, recent court documents reveal that the case has been dismissed at the request of both parties. This development coincides with McIlroy’s noticeably positive mood during his media engagements at Pinehurst. Addressing the rumors surrounding his personal life, McIlroy told the Guardian, “There have been rumors about my personal life recently, which is unfortunate. Responding to each rumor is a fool’s game. Over the past weeks, Erica and I have realized that our best future was as a family together. Thankfully, we have resolved our differences and look forward to a new beginning.”

McIlroy Chases Fifth Major Title

This reconciliation couldn’t come at a better time for McIlroy, who is looking to end his wait for a fifth major title, a quest that has lasted since August 2014. Partnering with Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele in the first two rounds of the US Open 2024, McIlroy’s focus is now firmly on the task ahead. Reflecting on his career, McIlroy expressed pride in his achievements over the past 15 years. “I’m really proud of my body of work over the past 15 years and everything that I have achieved, whether it be season-long titles or individual tournaments or majors,” he said. “Obviously getting my hands on a fifth major has taken quite a while, but I’m more confident than ever that I’m right there, that I’m as close as I’ve ever been.”

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Jon Rahm Withdraws from US Open 2024 Due to Toe Injury

In a surprising turn of events, Jon Rahm has withdrawn from the US Open 2024, citing a peculiar toe injury. On a blazing hot Tuesday afternoon at Pinehurst No. 2, Rahm was seen limping around the course in an unusual footwear combination: a golf shoe on one foot and a flip-flop on the other. The unconventional choice drew attention, revealing a large bandage wrapped around his two smallest toes on his flip-flop-clad foot. Despite the seemingly minor appearance of the injury, Rahm’s pronounced limp suggested a deeper issue.

Jon Rahm Withdraws From the US Open 2024

Later that day, Rahm announced his withdrawal via social media. “After consulting with numerous doctors and my team, I have decided it is best for my long-term health to withdraw from this week’s US Open Championship,” he wrote. “To say I’m disappointed is a massive understatement! I wish all my peers the best of luck and want to thank all of the USGA staff, volunteers, and the Pinehurst community for hosting what I’m sure will be an amazing championship! Hopefully I’ll be back in action sooner than later!”

Infection Caused the Withdraw

The injury, described as a “lesion” between his fourth and pinkie toes, became infected during the LIV Golf tournament in Houston the previous week. Rahm, who had to withdraw from that event as well, explained that a numbing injection intended to manage the pain led to severe discomfort, forcing him to exit the tournament early. “I don’t know how or what happened, but it got infected,” Rahm said during a press conference on Tuesday morning. “The pain was high.” Despite his efforts to manage the injury and the medical advice to keep the area dry, Rahm’s condition did not improve sufficiently. He had not stepped onto the Pinehurst course for practice, hoping to allow his toe more time to heal. His terse demeanor during the press conference reflected his frustration and uncertainty about his ability to compete.

When asked about the injury’s impact, Rahm was forthright. “Oh, it’s a concern,” he admitted. “It’s doing better, but it’s definitely still in pain.” Although Rahm’s appearance at the press conference initially raised hopes that he might compete, his comments suggested otherwise. “Could I have dragged myself out there and posted some kind of a score? Yeah. But it was getting to a point where I wasn’t making the swings I wanted to make, and I could have hurt other parts of my swing just because of the pain,” he said regarding his withdrawal in Houston. His uncertainty about the US Open 2024 became clear as he concluded, “As to right now this week, I don’t know.” By Tuesday evening, Rahm decided he had seen enough, officially withdrawing from the US Open just after 5 p.m. local time. His withdrawal opened up a spot for Jackson Suber, a 24-year-old Korn Ferry Tour pro from Tampa, Florida.