After continuous top two finishes, Jon Rahm finally broke through and won a tournament.
Rahm was able to fend off Andrew Landry in a four-hole playoff Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge as the sun was setting on the golf course.
Rahm was the first to tee on every hole which makes it easier on him. If he hits the ball well, the pressure shifts to Landry. He did that, but Landry was plenty up for the challenge.
“That was outstanding to play the way he did,” Rahm said. “Hitting right after me every single time and to hit the fairway and the green right after me, it’s really hard to do, it’s not easy. The pressure was on him 80 percent of the time.”
Rahm hit his approach shot into the rough on the fourth playoff hole but had a good lie so he decided to be aggressive. In this instance, it paid off.
“I did not want to come back the next day and play,” Rahm said. “After Andrew hit his shot, I had a good angle and a good lie in the rough, so I decided to take dead aim and hope for the best.”
This led to a 12-foot birdie putt for Rahm. The now-number two player in the world and FedEx Cup Rankings made his putt. Landry missed his birdie attempt from 11 feet, thus giving Rahm the win.
Rahm entered the week third in the world rankings. This week, he’s now second after jumping ahead of Jordan Spieth, something he never expected at any point in his life.
“It’s hard to believe, to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth, three-time major champion,” Rahm said. “I only have two wins and he’s got 10-plus, right? I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Things are only looking up for the European right now as he moves along with a clear approach to becoming a noise-maker on Tour. He’s got a pretty straight-forward and clear attitude as well.
“So far I’ve only lost against Superman this year,” Rahm said in reference to his runner-up finish to Dustin Johnson at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.