DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Author
SAN DIEGO (AP) — His coronary heart was beating so quick that Jon Rahm couldn’t assume as he studied the 60 ft from his golf ball on the again fringe to the cup on the backside of the slope on the 18th gap at Torrey Pines.
The 22-yr-previous from Spain had sufficient wits to hunt recommendation from his caddie, Adam Hayes, who had seen this putt earlier than.
The thought was to get to the slope. Rahm did higher than that.
He despatched it off to the left and made positive it reached the crest, then watched it peel off to the correct and begin monitoring again to the left till it disappeared into the opening on the ultimate flip for an eagle , the profitable shot Sunday on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open and one he gained’t overlook.
“I by no means thought it was going to be for eagle from 60 ft, particularly at Torrey Pines, however the truth that it went in is simply unimaginable,” Rahm stated after his three-shot victory. “The emotion simply overwhelmed me. However man, that was a satisfying feeling.”
Rahm delivered on his potential, including his identify to the burgeoning listing of younger stars.
The event started by celebrating the return of forty one-yr-previous Tiger Woods. It ended with a 22-yr-previous who left Spain for Arizona State, was the highest school participant his last two years and wasted no time displaying off his knack for giant moments.
He earned a PGA Tour card in simply 4 tournaments after leaving school. He gained in his twelfth begin as a professional.
Rahm made two eagles over his last six holes and shot 30 on the again 9, breaking unfastened from a leaderboard that was extra crowded than the California freeways. 9 gamers had no less than a share of the lead sooner or later in the course of the sunny ultimate spherical alongside the Pacific bluffs.
After which it turned a one-man present.
“By way of thirteen, I used to be proper there within the combine. I used to be tied for the lead,” Patrick Rodgers stated. “I assumed if I might get two extra (birdies) coming in, I in all probability would have the trophy outright. And by the point I stepped up on sixteen tee, I used to be 4 behind. I used to be out of the event by then.”
Rahm closed with a 7-underneath sixty five for a 3-shot victory over Charles Howell III (sixty eight) and C.T. Pan of Taiwan, who closed with a 70. Brandt Snedeker and Rodgers, tied for the lead going into the ultimate spherical, fell again with bogeys they couldn’t afford.
Rahm may need gained for the primary time, although this was hardly a shock.
He confirmed up at Arizona State in 2012 from a small city in Spain, talking hardly any English in a college so giant that when he attended his…