Golf-Rahm earns share of halfway lead at Scottish Open

World number one Jon Rahm felt there was still plenty of room for improvement despite partly taking the lead with an impressive 65 under par in the second round of the Scottish Open at Renaissance Club Friday. Rahm stepped up his preparations for next week’s British Open by posting seven birdies in his first 10 holes on his way to establish an 11-under clubhouse goal, which was then tied by overnight leader Jack Senior and the Belgian Thomas Detry.

“These first 10 holes that I played are incredible,” said Rahm, who won his first major title at the US Open champion three weeks ago. “I had seven under at 10 and the three pars I had were short putts that could have been made. They were clearly birdie chances.”

After losing two shots on the second and fourth holes, Rahm is hoping to get his game in order before the weekend. “I did some aggressive swings without thinking about it as much as I could have because I was playing so well and maybe I could have taken a step back,” said the Spaniard. “If I just correct a few small mistakes it might be better.”

Rahm was also involved in a bizarre incident with a spectator, who casually walked to the 10th tee before pulling a club out of the bag of his playing partner Rory McIlroy. As the spectator was thrown out of the room, four-time major winner McIlroy missed the cut after a second round of 71 left him 10 shots out of beat.

England duo Matthew Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood – who have won four shots in their last three holes – are one shot out of beat alongside South African George Coetzee, while Justin Thomas was in the squad sitting three behind. American Scottie Scheffler remained four shots from the head after signing for a splendid round of 63, with European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington also sitting down to seven under.

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