Jon Rahm turned the primary Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1989 to carry golf’s world primary rating, keeping off a late problem Sunday to win the PGA Tour’s Memorial event.
Rahm holed out an incredible 31-foot chip shot on the par-3 16th and, regardless of a two-stroke penalty that turned it from a birdie to a bogey, took a three-stroke victory over American Ryan Palmer that boosted him over Rory McIlroy atop the rankings.
“I do not know tips on how to describe it,” Rahm stated. “It has been a objective since I used to be 13-, 14- years-old.”
Rahm was among the many Spanish youth impressed by the feats of Ballesteros, a five-time main champion who died in 2011 at age 54 of mind most cancers.
“Seve is a really particular participant to all of us, and to be second to him, it is a true honour,” Rahm stated. “Anytime I can be a part of Seve at something, it is unimaginable.”
Rahm stated the second was troublesome to grasp partly as a result of his ideas had been along with his household, two members of which have died from Covid-19.
“It is laborious to course of proper now,” he stated. “There are such a lot of issues going by my thoughts proper now that don’t have anything to do with golf.”
Rahm fired a three-over par 75 within the ultimate spherical to complete on nine-under 279 with Palmer second. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was third on 283 after a closing 68 whereas Australia’s Jason Day and England’s Matt Wallace shared fourth on 284.
Rahm started with a four-shot edge and made the flip forward by eight earlier than dropping 4 strokes in a five-hole span with a bogey on the 10th, double-bogey at 11 and a bogey at 14 as Palmer pulled inside three.
That is when the 25-year-old made his wonderful chip shot at 16.
“That’ll in all probability go down as my best chip shot. I do not know if I am going to ever do higher than that,” Rahm stated.
“Fortunately, I pulled out in all probability one of the best quick recreation shot I’ll ever have. That was unbelievable. For that to go in, that was precisely what I wanted.”
Jack Nicklaus, the 18-time main winner who hosts the occasion at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, known as the shot “spectacular” as he congratulated Rahm with a fist bump on the 18th inexperienced.
Rahm, who gained a PGA occasion for the fourth yr in a row, was given a two-stroke penalty after tv slow-motion cameras confirmed his ball moved when he pushed down on the grass behind it shortly earlier than his unimaginable chip, though it did not change the lie and was imperceptible to Rahm himself.
“I didn’t see or really feel something,” stated Rahm, who agreed with the choice after watching a video replay.
“It did transfer. It’s a penalty. I am going to settle for it,” Rahm stated. “Unlucky as it’s to have one thing like this occur, it was an awesome shot.
“Had I seen it, I might have stated one thing, however the digicam needed to zoom in to see it.”
The event was the sixth of the season for the US PGA, all with out spectators, because the tour returned in June from a three-month coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
Rahm, who gained his first PGA occasion when main after 54 holes, was upset after a bogey at 10 and discovering a water hazard off the tee on the par-5 11th, slamming his membership into the bottom on his technique to double bogey.
“Situations had been so powerful. I knew I wasn’t going to play 18 good holes. I knew one thing was going to go south,” Rahm stated.
“It was so agency, so windy, after which we began to get drizzle. Any little mistake was going to get punished.”
Palmer sank a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th and Rahm stumbled once more with a bogey at 14, discovering a greenside bunker and lacking a five-foot par putt, to go away the lead at three pictures with 4 to play.
“Once I missed the putt on 14, I stated, ‘That is sufficient,'” Rahm stated.
Palmer had a 12-foot birdie putt at 16 when Rahm blasted out of the deep grass, landed the ball simply onto the inexperienced and watched it roll into the cup. Palmer settled for par, his cost blunted for good.
Main final-round scores on Sunday from the PGA Tour Memorial
Event at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio (USA except famous,
279 – Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-67-68-75
282 – Ryan Palmer 67-68-73-74
283 – Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 75-66-74-68
284 – Matt Wallace (ENG) 72-70-70-72, Jason Day (AUS) 73-66-72-73
285 – Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) 74-66-73-72, Henrik Norlander (SWE) 74-66-71-74
286 – Tony Finau 66-69-73-78
287 – Kevin Na 74-69-71-73
288 – Luke Checklist 70-68-79-71, Patrick Reed 71-76-70-71, Zhang Xinjun (CHN) 72-73-70-73
– Xander Schauffele 78-69-72-70, Harris English 70-73-74-72, Billy
Horschel 76-71-70-72, Jordan Spieth 70-70-74-75, Brendan Steele
290 – Steve Stricker 73-67-77-73, Justin Thomas 74-67-75-74, Kim Si-woo 73-73-70-74, Patrick Rodgers 70-72-71-77
– Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 72-69-78-72, Corey Conners (CAN)
73-74-72-72, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 76-69-73-73, Keith Mitchell
74-71-73-73, Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 73-68-74-76, Matthew Wolff
77-68-70-76, Gary Woodland 68-70-76-77, Brendon Todd 75-72-68-76,
Scottie Scheffler 71-73-70-77, Chez Reavie 71-67-74-79