There is more than one way to win a golf tournament, Ways to Win will break down how the winner did it each week.
A bunched leaderboard on Sunday led to a thrilling finish by the young Jon Rahm. There are multiple ways to win on the PGA Tour, but this week Jon Rahm put on a ball striking clinic, particularly with the big stick. Playing a Torrey Pines with brutal rough, Rahm hit 11 of 14 fairways and averaged 305 yards off the tee on Sunday. Maximizing his opportunities, Rahm raced up the leaderboard with a back nine 30 that included two eagles.
Jon Rahm won at Torrey Pines with a dominant long game, timely eagles, and avoiding bogeys pic.twitter.com/ALwKcdW0pc
— 15th Club (@15thClub) January 30, 2017
Rahm gained over 6 strokes with his approaches to the green over the last two days, and while the 60′ putt will be the highlight real moment, it’s his tee to green play that won him the tournament. Making a putt of 60′ on the PGA Tour is a net gain of ~1.2 strokes on the PGA tour as a tour player 3 putts from that distance about 20% of the time. This means that outside of that bomb, Rahm putted average on the final day. You can get away with an average putter when you gain over 3 strokes with your irons. Very solid ball striking.
Impressive and aggressive play from Rahm. Welcome to the winners circle!