LOS ANGELES – – Jon Rahm got back to No. 1 on the planet Sunday by winning the Beginning Invitational with an exhibition that left most likely about who’s playing the best golf.
Trapped in a fight with old neighborhood most loved Max Homa at Riviera, Rahm conveyed two pivotal turning points with a 45-foot birdie putt from the periphery on the standard 3 fourteenth and afterward a tee shot to 2 feet for birdie on the standard 3 sixteenth.
He shut with a 2-under 69 for a two-shot prevail upon Homa.
“Staggering,” Rahm said. “[To win] at a fairway with this heritage, this set of experiences, and facilitated by Tiger Woods, is such an honor.”
This week will be the 44th that Rahm will sit at No. 1, which ties Scratch Cost for the eleventh most all-time, as per ESPN Details and Data research. Among dynamic PGA Visit players, just Woods (683), Rory McIlroy (122), and Jason Day (51) have spent more weeks on the rankings.
“I needn’t bother with a positioning to approve anything,” Rahm said. “Having the best time of my life, and ideally, I can make all the difference for it.”
Patrick Cantlay had inside a single chance on the back nine until two intruders. He had a 67 to complete alone in third, moving him to No. 4 on the planet.
Woods had four intruders in an eight-opening stretch and shot 73 to tie for 45th.
“Sadly, my streak proceeds,” Woods said cheerfully, suggesting his 12 appearances at Riviera as an ace while always losing.
His prosperity was estimated underway. It was his most memorable time playing 72 openings since the Bosses last April – – Woods just played two times more from that point forward as he attempts to adapt to leg and back wounds that will make PGA Visit appearances uncommon. He couldn’t say whether he would play again before the Bosses.
In any case, the observers immediately directed their concentration toward a dynamite duel between Rahm and Homa, each with two triumphs on the PGA Visit this season.
Rahm presently has five successes in his last nine beginnings around the world, dating to his triumph in the Spanish Open. He has not completed out of the main 10 in his previous 10 competitions. It was his third success in five beginnings on the PGA Visit this year, and he as of now has acquired more than $9 million over the most recent two months.
This wasn’t quite so natural as it checked the end out.
“That was an extreme week and an intense Sunday,” Rahm said.
Homa, who succeeded at Riviera a long time back, started the last cycle three shots back. He immediately shut to inside a single shot, just for the Spaniard to come surprisingly close to holing out from the fairway at No. 8 for a tap-in birdie, while Homa made an intruder from behind the green to slip three shots behind once more.
And afterward, it changed rapidly.
After Homa birdied the 10th from 15 feet, he pushed to the furthest brink of the tenth green and got down in two for a birdie. Rahm went all around left. His pitch was short and moved down the rear of the green, behind a shelter. He pitched onto – – and afterward finished – – the green into another dugout, and he needed to make a 6-footer for intruder.
Two openings later, Homa started to lead the pack interestingly when Rahm three-putted for an intruder, just for Homa to give it back with an intruder from a terrible tee shot.
The standard 3s won it for Rahm, with his putter and a full speed ahead. He completed at 17-under 267 and acquired $3.6 million from the $20 million handbag, the subsequent straight raised occasion on the PGA Visit.
“I needed to push him. He is a breathtaking golf player,” said Homa, who got started crying two times addressing the media in view of how much his old neighborhood occasion means to him. “I’ve known him since school and he’s been like this from that point forward – – No. 1 beginner on the planet, No. 1 player on the planet, every one of the awards. I needed to make him beat me and I figure I did that.”
Rahm currently has won recently more than $9.4 million over the most recent two months on the PGA Visit – – succeeds at Kapalua and the California desert and on the exemplary course of Riviera off legendary Nightfall Road. He completed third in Phoenix and tied for seventh at Torrey Pines in his other two beginnings this year.
This is the fifth time Rahm has been No. 1 on the planet, and with how he’s playing, he could remain there for quite a while.
McIlroy, who started the year at No. 1 and won his most memorable occasion in Dubai on the European visit, was not an element for the second consecutive week. McIlroy had a 73-71 end of the week and tied for 29th.