Rahm’s Bomb Denies Johnson Back-To-Back Wins


Last weekend, no one was good enough to stay within 10 strokes of Dustin Johnson at the TPC Boston. This week, however, was a totally different story at the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields. After three rounds, only he and one other, Hideki Matsuyama, were under par for the tournament. Sunday, though, brought slightly easier conditions (though far from simple). That allowed players to make a run up the board, and that is exactly what Jon Rahm did.

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The Spaniard took full advantage of the course being less taxing to shoot 64 in the final round, following up a 66 on Saturday that had taken him into contention in the first place. He looked to have had it sealed up, but Johnson, playing on the 18th in the final group, made a ridiculous 45-footer to force a playoff between the top two players in the golf rankings. That, though, would not be the putt that everyone remembered from this day. It would be Rahm’s on the 18th in a playoff that will. Putting from 66 feet away after having to chop out of the rough, he managed to drain it despite it being one of the most difficult putts he could have had. That make won him the tournament, redeeming him for an accidental hiccup a day prior that cost him a shot. In the end, it didn’t matter, and the two will now be preparing for another potential duel to come in the Tour Championship next weekend.

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