Jon Rahm Duffs Inside 1-Foot Putt at Arnold Palmer Inviational

Jon Rahm is the world’s No. 1 golfer, but at the Arnold Palmer Invitational he looked like an amateur with a fault from the inside of a foot.

At the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Jon Rahm was the favorite to lift the trophy at Bay Hill, which makes sense given he’s currently world No. 1. However, those who’ve kept up with the PGA Tour can tell you he wasn’t in great shape.

One of the main reasons for this was the putter. Rahm is an expert at making clutch putts in big moments and has recently struggled with the flat racquet which has meant he hasn’t landed as high up the leaderboard as you might expect .

However, during his first round at the API, Rahm hit a new low. When he bet on par on the seventh par 3 hole, the Spaniard had just 10 inches to the hole for a tap-in. Instead, he inexplicably tapped the ball barely an inch ahead in a move more akin to something your pal would do on a Saturday after multiple drinks than anything from the No. 1 golfer.

Jon Rahm misses a tap-in putt at the Arnold Palmer Invitational

We should honestly give Rahm credit for not being completely insane. He was known for running incredibly hot earlier in his career and a moment like this would have sent him off the deep end. It’s progress that he didn’t do this.

While this was obviously a runaway on the radar, it’s clear that Rahm is trying to process some things right now. He looks frighteningly insecure on the greens and the results show it.

All things considered, however, the talent is too real for anyone to worry about long-term. That being said, for the API and perhaps for the future, Jon Rahm’s attempts on the green are something worth monitoring.

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John Verrall

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