Jon Rahm Battles Foot Infection Ahead of U.S. Open Tee Time

Jon Rahm faces a challenge as a foot infection jeopardizes his U.S. Open entry. Despite battling swelling and pain, the two-time major champion remains determined to play alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth.

Jon Rahm’s Foot Infection Raises Concerns Ahead of U.S. Open

Golf enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting Jon Rahm’s appearance at the upcoming U.S. Open, but the two-time major champion’s chances may be in jeopardy due to an infected lesion between his toes. The ailment caused Rahm to withdraw from last week’s LIV Golf Houston event, and he arrived at Tuesday’s news conference wearing a closed-toe shoe on one foot and a flip-flop on the other to keep the affected area dry.

“If I were to show you, it’s a little hole in between my pinky toe and the next toe,” Rahm explained. “I don’t know how or what happened, but it got infected. The pain was high.”

Before pulling out of the tournament, Rahm appeared visibly uncomfortable on the golf course, receiving a shot to numb the area before the Saturday round, but its effects only lasted two holes. The 2023 Masters champion decided it would be better to withdraw from the event rather than let the foot issue impact his swing.

While the infection is now under control, Rahm is still battling swelling and pain, with only 48 hours remaining before his 1:36 p.m. Thursday tee time alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth.

“The infection was the worrisome part,” Rahm said. “The infection is not controlled … but there’s a reason I walked out here in a shoe and a flip-flop, trying to keep the area dry and trying to get that to heal as soon as possible.”

Rahm has not played Pinehurst No. 2 this week and is not on the practice schedule for the rest of Tuesday, though he did play the course last week. The 2021 U.S. Open champion at Torrey Pines is looking to redeem himself after disappointing performances at the Masters and PGA this year, where he finished T45 and missed the cut, respectively.

Rahm’s Positive Outlook

However, Rahm has placed in the top 10 in all seven of his starts on the LIV Golf tour, a statistic he believes has been overlooked.

“It’s not like I’ve been playing bad,” Rahm said. “I’ve had two bad weeks … there’s been many times where I haven’t had a great start, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great finish.”

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