Jon Rahm etches his name into the history books
Jon Rahm etched his name into the history books at Torrey Pines after becoming the youngest ever winner at the event.
The Spaniard, who notched his first PGA Tour victory, eagled two of his last six holes including a 60-foot monster on the 18th to spark wild celebrations as he awaited his fate.
This time last year Rahm was still an amateur and this was just his 12th start. He began the day three back and, while nine players held the lead at some point on Sunday, he was never really a consideration until his stellar back nine of 30.
His 3-3 finish, after a precise tee shot and THAT putt, left Charles Howell and CT Pan three back in second. Justin Rose eventually tied for fourth after a closing 70.
Brandt Snedeker could have joined Tiger and Phil Mickelson as the only three-time champions at Torrey Pines but he stumbled to a 73.
Rahm said: “I was doing everything that I needed, but the putts were not falling. Today was completely different. After that second shot on No. 13, I was able to execute so good and think clearly all the time. The putt was a little bit of lagging it up there and just hoping it kept the line.
“I can’t explain what went through my mind. I saw the replay, and I don’t even remember what I did. I’m so blessed to have a chance to win. It does a lot for me. I get to the play the Players Championship, I am likely going to the Fed Ex Cup, I am going to the Majors, it is amazing.”