Rahm shot a three-over 74 in the second round on Friday, finishing with a share of 99th place.

That was actually an improvement on his first round. On Thursday, Rahm matched his worst round as a professional with a seven-over 78.

"This is the first time in my life that I don't want to see a golf club," Rahm said. "And this comes from someone who loves this sport, and after a year in which some pretty good things have happened to me."

Rahm said he needs to take a break and may not play for one month until the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

"More than my body, it is my mind that can't take it. I am going to hang up my clubs for four weeks," Rahm said. "I haven't stopped since the stoppage because of COVID. ... If we add it all up, I need to rest."

Rahm has struggled in his first tournaments after two years in his home country.

Last week at the Spanish Open in Madrid, he was flustered by the crowds who turned out to see him but forgot to silence their mobile phones.

Rahm opened the tournament with a 63 but had lacklustre rounds the rest of the way and was not in contention to defend his title.

But at least he played on the weekend.

It only got worse for the U.S. Open winner at Real Club Valderrama in southern Andalucia.

On Friday, he carded a double bogey, three bogeys and one birdie on the front nine. He improved on a bogey-free back nine but managed only one birdie, leaving him with a share of 99th place at 10-over after two rounds.