Jon Rahm makes a remarkable comeback to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii
Spanish golfer Jon Rahm won his third PGA Tour title in six events with a stunning comeback to overturn a seven-shot deficit at the Hawaii Tournament of Champions.
The world No. 5 birdied even on the first hole on Sunday, but had a superb run to finish with a final round score of 63/10.
Rahm finished with a 27 in the tournament, beating two-time winner Collin Morikawa by two strokes.
Morikawa went into Sunday’s final round with a six-shot lead over the chasing pack, but three bogeys on the back nine left him with a one-under 72 and allowed Rahm to claw back the deficit.
“I had to play well and he made a few mistakes,” Rahm said, according to the BBC.
“If you had told me at the beginning of the round that I would do what I did, I don’t know if I would have believed you.”
It was Rahm’s eighth career PGA Tour win and the 28-year-old will win the Tour’s first “marked” event with the steepest purse offered to rival the rise of LIV Golf.
It will be the first of 17 events this season, including all four qualifiers, with a total purse of $15 million and Rahm earning $2.7 million for the event tag. .
Most of the other designated tournaments have a total prize pool of at least $20 million, while the PLAYERS Championship offers an eye-watering $25 million prize pool.
While Sunday was a fun day for Rahm, Morikawa was frustrated and disappointed with her final round performance despite collecting $1.5 million for her second-place finish.
“You work hard and you give yourself these opportunities,” said Morikawa, winner of the 2021 Open, according to the BBC.
“I did three very bad things at the wrong time. There’s never a good time to make a bad swing, but sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
“I don’t know what I’m going to learn from this week, but I didn’t feel that far. It really didn’t happen. Yes, it’s horrible.
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