Olympia Fields (US), August 31
Even with a pair of silver trophies in his possession, Jon Rahm nonetheless could not consider what occurred within the BMW Championship. And he solely noticed half of it.
Rahm was on the vary on the opposite aspect of the Olympia Fields clubhouse, making ready for a playoff that nobody actually anticipated, when Dustin Johnson rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt down the ridge to drive a playoff on Sunday.
Moments later, Rahm confronted a putt even longer and tougher on the 18th — simply outdoors 65 toes that he needed to ship at practically a 90-degree angle to the highest of the ridge.
From there, it was a replay of Johnson’s putt because it headed down the slope, kissed off the pin and disappeared into the cup.
“I still can’t believe what just happened,” he mentioned.
Neither may Johnson, going for his second straight victory. He may solely chortle, at his putt and Rahm’s winner.
“I played an unbelievable putt, got in the playoff and then Jon made an even more ridiculous putt on top of me,” mentioned Johnson, who not less than stored his No. 1 rating on this planet and within the FedEx Cup.
The putts overshadowed a command efficiency by Rahm, who closed with a 66-64 weekend on an Olympia Fields course that performed just like the hardest check in golf.
His solely bogey on the weekend got here on the fifth gap Saturday when he spaced out and picked up his golf ball from the inexperienced with out marking it.
There was the 6-iron from 218 yards for his third shot on the par-5 15th after his tee shot went into the timber and barely got here out, organising a key birdie. There was his 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th for a two-shot lead that Johnson erased with two birdies of his personal, none greater than the final one.
“That stretch of waiting for DJ, him making the putt, going in the playoff, me making the putt, then trying to stay mentally in it just in case he made the last putt, it’s been a roller coaster, but so much fun,” Rahm mentioned.
He put behind him the one-shot penalty that even on Saturday he fearful would come again to hang-out him, and he considered it briefly when Johnson had the lengthy birdie putt on the 18th in regulation.
All he may take into consideration on the 18th inexperienced within the playoff was discovering a method to get to the following gap, figuring out he had a putt from one finish of the inexperienced to the opposite and Johnson had a 30-footer.
And then it was over. Rahm gained for the second time this 12 months, and for the 11th time worldwide in his 4 years as a professional. His first win got here at Torrey Pines when he made a 60-foot eagle putt and wound up successful by three.
“I think we all want the flashy finish, maybe not the stress that comes with it,” Rahm mentioned.
“But I set out with myself to enjoy even the uncomfortable moments we had out there today. And man, it was fun.”
The course that each one week felt like a US Open delivered the sort of pleasure typical of the Masters.
Rahm tore via the again 9 Sunday on his method to a 64, the bottom spherical of the week, to complete at 4-under 276.
Johnson, a 54-hole chief for his third straight event and coming off an 11-shot victory final week on the TPC Boston, birdied three of his opening 4 holes to open a three-shot lead, dropped a pair of pictures across the flip after which delivered within the clutch along with his 45-foot birdie putt on the final gap for a 67.
Johnson goes into the Tour Championship because the No. 1 seed, which means he’ll begin the chase for the USD 15 million prize at East Lake at 10-under par, two forward of Rahm, who moved up seven spots to the No. 2 seed.
Joaquin Niemann, the 21-year-old from Chile, additionally made a spirited run with a 67 and was within the lead till a bogey on the 14th and no birdies the remainder of the way in which. He tied for third with Hideki Matsuyama, who had a 69. Tony Finau closed with a 65 to complete three behind.
They had been the one 5 gamers underneath par at Olympia Fields.
Mackenzie Hughes had purpose to have fun, too.
Needing a par on the 18th to maneuver into the highest 30 within the FedEx Cup, he put his strategy into the entrance bunker, splashed out to five toes and raised each arms when the par putt dropped.
Niemann additionally moved into the highest 30, although he was chasing victory all day.
Adam Long and Kevin Streelman had been bumped out, and Long suffered the worst of these fates. He was projected 30th within the FedEx Cup till Corey Conners three-putted from 5 toes for double bogey on the ultimate gap. That allowed Billy Horschel to maneuver up sufficient spots on the leaderboard to maneuver to the 30th and last spot by three factors over Long.
Tiger Woods missed all of the motion. He made double bogey on his 17th gap for a 71, making this the primary time he was over par in all 4 rounds of a event because the Bridgestone Invitational in 2010.
Woods failed to succeed in the Tour Championship for the second straight 12 months. He now will get two weeks off earlier than the US Open at Winged Foot, and Olympia Fields proved to be an excellent check for that. AP