Jon Rahm was shocked to study he was about to obtain a two-stroke penalty after his Memorial win.
Rahm reached No 1 on the earth on Sunday with a gutsy three-stroke victory in making an attempt circumstances at Muirfield Village, finally doing sufficient to carry on for the win regardless of struggling numerous setbacks on the again 9.
He dropped 4 strokes between the 10th and 14th holes and would go on to incur a two-shot penalty on the par-3 16th when a chip-in birdie was overturned by PGA Tour officers, who reviewed the shot and deemed the ball had moved barely when Rahm positioned his wedge behind it.
Fortunately, the Spaniard nonetheless had sufficient of a cushion that the 2 dropped strokes didn’t price him the victory, and that is simply as properly, as a result of the second he was knowledgeable of the penalty throughout his post-win interview would little question have been much more dramatic.
“I do not understand how conscious of this you might be,” stated the interviewer, “however the potential of your ball shifting if you have been addressing it on 16… you look shocked… is that one thing you noticed or felt?
Rahm regarded in complete disbelief as he replied: “In no way. I didn’t see or really feel something. I imply, if it did, it’s what it’s.
“It nonetheless would not take something from the shot, truthfully. Had I seen it I’d have stated so, I simply by no means did. Nevertheless it’s not going to take something away from as we speak.”
Moments earlier than being knowledgeable of the penalty, Rahm was hailing the shot at 16, which he felt was key to his victory after stumbling on the again 9.
“Fortunately I in all probability pulled out the most effective brief sport shot I’ll ever have,” he stated. “I imply I hit a few good ones this week however that was unbelievable.
“I knew I might hit it shut, I acquired lie and it was form of into the wind, however for that to go in, it was precisely what I wanted.”
– TEAMtalk media