Stage set for Rahm af­ter claim­ing ‘stun­ning’ first PGA tour ti­tle

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - BRUCE LANGHOLM

SPA­NIARD Jon Rahm claimed his first PGA Tour ti­tle in stun­ning style with vic­tory at the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open.

The 22-year-old (pic­tured) is tipped for big things in the game and gave a glimpse of the fu­ture as he fired a sev­e­nun­der-par 65 to fin­ish three shots clear on 13 un­der.

The back nine was where he did the dam­age, sink­ing two ea­gles, the sec­ond of which was a 60-yard putt on the 18th, to help him come home in just 30 strokes.

The maiden win was made even more spe­cial as his fa­ther was at Tor­rey Pines to watch.

“My dad hasn’t re­ally been here for any­thing. He was at home work­ing. So to have him here right now is such a spe­cial mo­ment. I am so happy,” he said. “My mum isn’t here but she is prob­a­bly at home cry­ing.

“It does a lot for me. I get to play the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship. I am likely go­ing to the FedEx Cup. I am go­ing to the ma­jors. It is amaz­ing.

“I re­ally don’t know how it is go­ing to work. I will have to look at my sched­ule.

Rahm fin­ished above Charles How­ell III and CT Pan, who took a share of sec­ond on 10 un­der, while Olympic cham­pion Justin Rose, who led af­ter the first two rounds, was one of four play­ers to fin­ish on nine un­der.

Rose went round in 70, with four birdies and two bo­geys, but it was not enough for him to stay in con­tention. He said: “I ac­tu­ally felt I played well to­day – that could eas­ily have been a 66. “Jon Rahm closed the door prett y firmly com­ing in but even af­ter the birdie at 16 I felt I had a chance if I went birdie-birdie. “It was enough to win to­day. An­other good week for me and I just want to keep this mo­men­tum up.”

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