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Jon Rahm wins the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield in Dublin, Ohio and claims the world number one ranking.
After building an eight shot lead through the front nine with two birdies on the way out, Rahm looked in control but that quickly changed with a bogey on the 10th and a double bogey on the 11th. The slide didn’t stop for Rahm as he bogeyed the 14th as well.
Meanwhile Ryan Palmer who was the runner up was trying to catch Rahm. As the leader went out in a two under, Palmer went out in a two over but as Rahm stubbled on the back nine Palmer was steady making birdie on the 12th and with 3 holes to play was within 3 shots again.
On the 16th par 3 with water on the left, Rahm hits his tee shot long left over the green into the rough. As he is addressing the ball for his 2nd shot the ball moves but he doesn’t realise it has. With a remarkable chip and shot of the day, Rahm holes out and thinks it is for birdie but after PGA Tour officials reviewed it, gave him a two shot penalty which luckily did not affect the outcome overall.
Rahm was surprised after the round when it was mentioned to him as he didn’t think he had done anything wrong.
"It doesn't take anything from the shot," he said. "It's not going to take anything away from today."
So heading over the 17th Rahm thinks he has a 4 shot lead but instead only a 2 and but when Palmer made a bogey the tournament was all but over.
After the round Rahm reflected back on his round. “I started with a bogey on 10, and I think I just told (caddie) Adam (Hayes), let’s just go for it; I have nothing to lose whatsoever, a lot to win,” Rahm said earlier this week. “I started hitting good shots, making a couple putts, and that’s how I ended up being low. Didn’t really focus on the score or anything special. …
“If I can keep doing it, hopefully – I’m feeling good in every other part of my game, so if I can just keep the ball in the fairway, I should have a chance.”
“I made that deal with myself very young,” said the 25-year-old Rahm, who is the second Spaniard to achieve the feat, following the late Seve Ballesteros. “I believe at 13 or 14 I started working towards that goal, and everything I’ve done golf-wise has been to become No. 1 in the world and become the best player I can be.”
“One of the best performances of my life,” he said. “Yesterday was probably one of the best rounds of my life, and finished today with some clutch up-and-downs. And God, I’m glad it happened that way.”