Jon Rahm, a golfer from Spain, achieved his third PGA Tour victory in just six starts by making an impressive comeback to overcome a seven-shot disadvantage at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
On Sunday, the player ranked fifth in the world began with a bogey on the first hole, but then went on an impressive streak to end the final round with a score of 10 under par.
Rahm finished the tournament with a score of 27-under-par, securing a two-shot victory over Collin Morikawa, who has won two major championships.
On Sunday’s last round, Morikawa had a lead of six shots over the other players, but he made three bogeys on the second half of the course, resulting in a score of one-under-par 72. This gave Rahm the opportunity to narrow the gap.
According to the BBC, Rahm stated that he needed to perform well and for his opponent to make a few errors.
“If you had said to me before the round started, after that bogey, that I would achieve what I did, I’m not sure if I would have believed you.”
Rahm, at 28 years old, secured his eighth victory on the PGA Tour, making him the first champion of the newly designated event with a higher prize pool. This change was implemented in response to the growing success of LIV Golf.
This is the initial event of 17 for this season, which includes the four major tournaments. Each event will have a special tag and a combined prize amount of $15 million. Rahm won $2.7 million for his first place finish.
The majority of the remaining specified tournaments will offer a total prize money of at least $20 million, while the PLAYERS Championship will have an impressive $25 million purse.
On Sunday, Rahm experienced a delightful day while Morikawa felt disappointed and frustrated with his last round performance. However, he still earned $1.5 million for finishing in second place.
Morikawa, the 2021 Open winner, praised hard work and self-given opportunities, according to the BBC.
“I recently made three subpar swings at inopportune moments. It’s never ideal to make a poor swing, but occasionally, it can lead to success – unfortunately, that was not the case this time.”
“I am uncertain of what I will gain from this week, but it does not seem to be too distant. In reality, it was not. It is unfortunate.”