Jon Rahm wins the Memorial Match, promises environment No. 1 rating
Jon Rahm claimed the prime place in the globe with authority on Sunday afternoon.
Rahm, who begun the day with a 4-shot direct, cruised to a three-shot win at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village — plenty of to soar him ahead of Rory McIlroy to claim the No. 1 place in the Earth Golf Rankings for the 1st time in his occupation.
Rahm flew ahead of the pack on a scorching, windy Saturday following posting a 4-under 68, the least expensive round on a working day when the scoring typical was approximately two strokes previously mentioned par. While his round on Sunday was not fantastic by any usually means — he carded a 3-around 73 in his closing spherical to finish 9-below on the 7 days — it was significantly and over superior than the rest of the pack.
He sealed the offer on No. 16, too, after chipping in for birdie to thrust the direct back again to 4.
He was afterwards assessed a two-shot penalty, nonetheless, just after officials identified his ball moved as he tackled it ahead of the shot — a thing Rahm stated he didn’t see or feel transpire.
“Luckily I almost certainly pulled out the finest limited game shot I’ll at any time have,” Rahm said on CBS. “I strike a couple god ones this week, but that was unbelievable … For that to go in, it was specifically what I wanted.”
Ryan Palmer, who was in next headed into the closing round with Tony Finau, finished the week in next at 6-underneath. Finau shot a 6-about on Friday, dropping him to eighth. Matthew Fitzpatrick came in 3rd at 5-below.
The gain marked the fourth in Rahm’s PGA Tour career, and his initially due to the fact the Zurich Classic of New Orleans very last period. Sunday’s outing was the 1st in which he’s concluded within the leading-25 because participate in resumed very last month soon after the COVID-19 hiatus, as well.
Rahm is now just the 2nd Spaniard to claim the top location in the rankings, the initial because Seve Ballesteros did so for the final time in 1989, and the fifth-youngest at any time to do so.
The 25-yr-old also unveiled that he’s dropped two relatives customers to the coronavirus, and that his grandmother’s ashes ended up basically spread in Madrid on Saturday.
“I’m a person who processes issues so right after the point, truthfully it may strike me in a few of days or a couple of months,” Rahm said on CBS. “But any time I can be a part of Spanish heritage with Seve, it is unbelievable … I’m just pleased for my spouse and children, pleased I could do it for my mother and my grandma and the relaxation of the loved ones.”
Tiger Woods struggles to the complete
Tiger Woods’ initial PGA Tour outing in five months did not get any greater on Sunday.
Woods, who just barely made the cut at the Memorial Event — some thing he’s gained five times in his occupation — posted a 4-in excess of 76 on Sunday, shifting him to 6-over on the weekend to finish T40.
The finish marks the 2nd-worst for the 82-time Tour winner this season forward of only his complete at The Genesis Invitational, the place he came in last spot amid players who built the minimize at the Southern California event he hosted in February.
While the showing wasn’t good, Woods was not way too down following his round.
“I acquired 4 rounds in, and I was privileged plenty of to have built the weekend,” Woods said after his round on CBS. “I created some development ball hanging-intelligent, I bought to clear up on the greens. I didn’t putt perfectly all week. But it is just progress. I haven’t performed in a although, and it’s just pleasant to get my toes wet.”
Woods declined to reveal when he’ll be back again competing on Tour, only indicating that it’ll be “soon.”
“I assume it is just scheduling and creating positive that we have a strategy in this return to golf,” he explained. “This was the begin of it, and we’ll see what takes place in the in close proximity to long term.”