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Jon Rahm is the No. 1 player in the world. The best player in golf? That depends on the week.
Jon Rahm captured the Irish Open title for the second time in three years after shooting 8-under 62 in the final round to win by two strokes. It was the Spaniard’s second victory of 2019, after winning the Zurich Classic team event on the PGA Tour with Ryan Palmer in April. It was Rahm’s fourth victory in two years on the European Tour.
Jon Rahm shot a 3-under 69 to finish among the first-round leaders at the Masters. It’s the second straight year he could be in contention. This time he’ll have a head start on most of the field instead of fighting from behind like in 2018, when he had an opening round 75. The 24-year-old Spaniard was in a group with Tiger Woods and played a bogey-free back nine with birdies on No. 11 and No. 13.
Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn’t make Jon Rahm’s year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, no world ranking points or even a trophy to call his own. He beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup.
Jon Rahm hardly missed a shot and found golf easy Friday on his way to a 9-under 63, giving him a share of the lead with Henrik Stenson going into the weekend at the Hero World Challenge. Tiger Woods stayed eight shots behind, and an 18-month-old rules decision kept him from being a further stroke back.
Justin Rose made his only birdie of the day when he needed it the most, sinking an 18-footer on the final hole to make the cut in the British Open. Other top players weren’t as fortunate. Three of the world’s top five players missed the cut – No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Justin Thomas and No. 5 Jon Rahm.
Even after winning for the third time in his last nine starts, Bubba Watson wasn’t willing to say it’s his best year in golf. And he’s right.
Jon Rahm headed over the hill to San Diego for his Torrey Pines title defense with a playoff victory in the CareerBuilder Challenge and the No. 2 spot in the world ranking.
Jon Rahm accomplished so much so quickly that he began to wonder what else was left for him to achieve in his first full year on the PGA Tour. He now has 10 million reasons to play his best golf.
Jon Rahm thought he was moving a loose twig, didn’t realize he had violated a rule and eventually was cleared of a penalty in the opening round of the British Open.
One year and one week ago, Jon Rahm of Spain made his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National. He opened with a 64 at Congressional and tied for third, earning a spot in the British Open and putting him on the fast track to earning a PGA Tour card.
Jon Rahm hasn’t had too many bad days since he turned pro last summer and established himself as a rising star. Saturday at The Players Championship was one to forget. He shot an 82 and missed the 54-hole cut
Dustin Johnson had reason to be rattled. As he walked off the 12th green Saturday afternoon, the match referee said five words that Johnson heard for the first time all week in the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Light-hitting David Parrett had three RBIs in his first College World Series start and Coastal Carolina converted three Texas Tech errors into six unearned runs in a 7-5 victory that eliminated the Red Raiders on Thursday night in Omaha, Nebraska.