Tournament of Champions: Jon Rahm turns his last seven-shot short against Collin Morikawa to win Hawaii | Golf News

Jon Rahm hit a stunning final in the 63rd round, trailed by a birdie on the 18th point, to deliver a remarkable comeback win at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii; Collin Morikawa started the day with a six-stroke lead and a seven-stroke lead after going through the first six holes of three under par.

Last updated: 09/01/23 7:14 am

Jon Rahm landed an unlikely win at the Champion's Tournament in Hawaii

Jon Rahm landed an unlikely win at the Champion’s Tournament in Hawaii

Jon Rahm amazingly overcame a seven-shot shortfall, with substantial help from Collin Morikawa, to a substantial win in the Sentry Champions League in Hawaii.

Morikawa started the day with a six-stroke lead and a seven-stroke margin after making the first six holes three under par, but wouldn’t make another birdie until day 18 and gradually made gains. His position was taken in Kapalua.

Rahm, who hit 33 points below par when he finished second to Cameron Smith last year, recovered from bogey on the first hole with eight birdies on the next 13 holes and then hit the eagle on the 15th par 5 from distance. 12 feet.

That gave the former world No. 1 the lead and soon after he was held to a draw, Morikawa hit a bunker on the 14th hole on the green to drop his first shot of the week.

Morikawa, who squandered his 5-shot lead and his chance to become world No. 1 in the final round of the Hero World Challenge in December 2021, understandably felt he was feeling it. pressured and hit his pitch to 15 par-5 to hit the second bogey in a row.

Collin Morikawa gave up a seven-match lead in the final round at Kapalua

Collin Morikawa gave up a seven-match lead in the final round at Kapalua

Turning to approach the 16th hole right in front of the green made Morikawa his third bogey in a row and Rahm’s birdie on hole 18 sealed an effective victory thanks to a stunning 63.

At 27 points below par, Rahm completed two shots ahead of Morikawa, whose birdie on the 18th completed the final round of 72.

“If you told me at the beginning of the round, after that bogey, I would do what I did, I don’t know if I would believe you,” Rahm said. NBC.

“But at that point, winning wasn’t really like that in my mind, you just got to work and started making birdies and that’s what I did.

Rahm sealed victory by birdie on the 18th hole

Rahm sealed victory by birdie on the 18th hole

“On the 15th is when it really comes to fruition, when I have that shot of the ball to score on a shot and know how well I played, 16 and 18 are good picks to score. birdie.

“That shot was taken and then on the 17th, I couldn’t believe it when I missed the green and we were ahead on one shot. It took a lot of work for me to stabilize and change. your thoughts.”

Morikawa admitted to reporters that he felt “sad” after the match ended.

“Sadness. I don’t know. It sucks. You work so hard and you give yourself these opportunities and it’s just bad timing for bad shots that add up very quickly,” he said.

“Don’t know what I’ll learn from this week, but it doesn’t look like it’s far away. Really not. Yes, that sucks.”

He was also asked whether Sunday’s results marked the highlight or weakness of his professional career.

“In my career so far? I would say so,” he replied.

“Can’t really think of anything else. Yes, it’s hard to see the positives, it really is.”

However, the California product says the results are not comparable to the world challenge in December 2021.

“Hero is different. Heroes don’t start well, never find it, never feel good, just bad. Felt fine today. Only made three bad swings, really, not right. It’s never a good time to make a bad swing, but sometimes it works and these never work.”

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