The 22 Year Old Arizona State Alumni Sinks a 60-foot Eagle Putt on the 18th Green to Clinch
Twenty-two year old Jon Rahm nailed a 60-foot eagle putt on the 18h hole at Torrey Pines and clinched his PGA Tour victory of his career. Jon Rahm, a graduate of Arizona State was cool, calm and delivered the eagle under intense pressure. He took home $1.2 million with the victory.
Rahm dropped an eagle in from 19 feet on the 13th, and then took possession of the lead with a birdie from 5 feet on the 17th. The youngster finished with a 7-under-par 65 and was 13 under 275 to take the tournament.
Charles Howell III (68) and C.T. Pan (70) were tied for second place at 10 under. Four players, s Justin Rose (70) and Keegan Bradley (67) finished in a tie for fourth at 9 under.
San Diego’s Phil Mickelson placed 14th and won $110,000. Brendan Steele from Lake Elsinore took 20th and earned a $67,000 paycheck.
The star studded line up was decimated on Friday. Tiger Woods, world Nunber One Jason Day, reigning U.S. Open champ Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler all missed the cut.
The former Sun Devil is managed by Mickelson’s brother. All three are graduates of Arizona State. While at Arizona State, Rahm was ranked as the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur. “Jon doesn’t have weaknesses; every part of his game is a strength,” Mickelson said. “I think he’s one of the best players in the world.”
Photos by Scott Padgett