Jon Rahm Wins with a Bomb
If you follow the world of golf closely, you have may heard the name Jon Rahm prior to this past weekend. After all, Rahm was one of the best amateur players in the world while he was a member of the golf team at Arizona State University. Despite an impressive pedigree, it is never quite expected for a young golfer to break through with a victory this early in his pro career. That is exactly what Rahm has done, however, securing the title in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
A Stunning Putt
Of course, there was more than a little drama packed into Rahm’s victory along the beautiful Pacific coastline. On the 18th, Rahm managed to knock in a putt of more than 60’ from just off the edge of the green for a closing eagle. That eagle meant his winning margin would be three strokes, however this event was far closer than the final leaderboard would lead you to believe. Several players had a chance to claim the trophy until Rahm dropped the hammer on the 18th green and shut the door for good.
In addition to the arrival of Rahm onto the big stage, there were plenty of established names playing well over the weekend. Finishing inside the top ten were Charles Howell III, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose, Pat Perez, and Brandt Snedeker. Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 14th, Hideki Matsuyama completed the week in a tie for 33rd, and Billy Horschel posted a T64 finish.
Not Working the Weekend
Another one of the big storylines for the week was the collection of big names that did not manage to make the 36-hole cut. That list is led by Tiger Woods, who was playing in his first full-field PGA Tour event in more than a year. Woods was paired for the first two rounds with Dustin Johnson and Jason Day, who both would go on to miss the cut as well. Joining the MC list were other top players such as Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington, and Geoff Ogilvy.
Looking ahead, the Tour is going to remain on the west coast for a few more weeks to come. The show moves from the San Diego area east to Phoenix – or, more specifically, Scottsdale. After the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, there will be two more California tournaments to play before moving on to Florida. Those two events are contested at legendary venues – Pebble Beach and Riviera. For the golf fan stuck in the cold north, these west coast events are a great way to look forward to the spring and summer to come.
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