Jon Rahm wins Career Builder in a playoff against Landry
Jon Rahm beat Andrew Landry with a 12-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole today, playing at the Stadium Course in the final round of Career Builder Challenge.
With this Rahm now has won two PGA Tour Titles and four worldwide victories in a year, and he will be placed in the second position on the OWGR just after Dustin Johnson.
“It’s hard to believe, to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth, three-time major champion,” Rahm said. “I only have two wins and he’s got 10-plus, right? I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm fired a bogey-free five-under 67 for the day, and Landry playing a group behind him forced a playoff with an 11-foot birdie on the 18th for a four-under 68 today, taking their totals to 22-under 266.
“Tournaments like this build character,” Rahm said. “I’m just proud of myself to hit what’s probably my least favorite club, which is the 3-wood, three times in a row dead center on my line on 18 — four times if you include the regular play. To be honest, really happy the way it happened the way it did and really proud of the way I played. I hit a lot of bad putts today, hit a lot of edges, but lucky the one I needed to make went in.”
Rahm and Landry fought for the title for four extra holes before Landry missed an 11-footer bogey to force another hole for the playoff to extend.
“It’s been a fighting day,” Rahm said. “I’ve been a ball-striking clinic most of the week and in the playoff, I was just not making the putts. I just got fortunate that none of us really made any and I was able to make the one that mattered. But then again, it was really supreme ball-striking on my part today. Especially, on the back nine, I hit the ball as good as I can.”
This week has been more of first-round leaders winning the event and this has been evident this week, in the U.S.A., Singapore, and Abu Dhabi where Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, and Sergio Garcia all led the field in their respective opening rounds and kept the momentum till the last round.
John Huh, Adam Hadwin, and Martin Piller finished the event for a T-3rd at 20-under 268.