Here is a recap of Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines:
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WINNER: Jon Rahm is an incredibly talented 22-year-old. The world, if it didn’t know it already, now knows that. What a way to get your first PGA Tour win. Rahm started the final round three shots back at 6 under and was still two back as he reached the par-3 11th. And then he birdied that hole, trickled in an eagle putt at 13, stuffed it at 17 for birdie and holed an incredible 60-footer from the back fringe down a slope for eagle at No. 18. It was absolutely unreal. Especially that final putt, which we will elaborate more on below.
In the end, it was 7-under 65 (the round of the day) for Rahm, as he won by three shots at 13 under. Rahm was an absolute star at Arizona State, winning 11 times as a Sun Devil, which puts him second in school history (behind Phil Mickelson, 16). Rahm also won the Ben Hogan Award twice and was World No. 1 amateur for a long time. Rahm actually turned pro last summer and already had two shots at victory at last year’s Quicken Loans National and the RBC Canadian Open. The Quicken Loans National – where he was a 36-hole co-leader – was actually his pro debut, and he’d finish top three in both these events. But he didn’t have a win until now. Again, unreal talent, he absolutely roasts the ball off the tee. This is the first of many wins.
JUST MISSED: It’s surprising this wasn’t close in the end considering the leaderboard was packed all day. At one point we had 11 players within one shot of the lead. It was a four-way tie at the top actually until Rahm finished birdie-eagle. All of a sudden, he was three ahead and it looked like he was going to win. Nobody could catch him in the end. C.T. Pan, another former World No. 1 amateur, finished T-2 at 10 under. He was looking for his first PGA Tour win, too. Charles Howell III, who has an awesome record at Torrey Pines, also finished T-2 at 10 under. That’s Howell’s third runner-up finish at this event, which he’s yet to win.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Is there any question here? That closing eagle putt from Rahm is clearly the shot of the day. This was absolutely unbelievable. No 60-foot eagle putt is easy, but this was especially difficult as this putt was impossibly fast as the green is lightning once the ball hits a downhill slope about 20 feet short of the pin. The putt also breaks like 20 different ways. Oh, and Rahm had a one-shot lead to protect trying to close out his first PGA Tour win. No pressure! Somehow he judged it absolutely perfectly, rolling it in with the exact right speed as Rahm came home with the most emphatic closing eagle we think has ever happened in pro golf. His reaction is classic, too.
QUOTABLE: “I really can’t explain what went through my mind. I saw the replay of my reaction and I just don’t even remember doing what I did.” – Jon Rahm, on what he was thinking about when his putt at 18 dropped
CHIP SHOTS: Keegan Bradley held a share of the lead for a moment Sunday after holing out for eagle at the par-4 14th. He was tied at the top then at 9 under, and would finish there as he posted 67 to tie for fourth. … Defending champion Brandt Snedeker (8 under, T-9) and another former World No. 1 amateur Patrick Rodgers (9 under, T-4) failed as 54-hole co-leaders, as they closed in 73 and 72, respectively. … Justin Rose, the leader after each of the first two days, closed in 70 for T-4 at 9 under. … Yet another former World No. 1 amateur in Ollie Schniederjans finished T-9 at 8 under after posting 71. … Phil Mickelson was within two at one point Sunday, and, after a late fade, he finished birdie-birdie to post at 7 under and finish T-14.
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