Rahm secures playoff win at Olympia Fields with 66-foot putt

Jon Rahm sunk a stunning 66-foot putt to win the BMW Championship on Sunday in a thrilling playoff victory over Dustin Johnson.

Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm, who recently spent two weeks as world number one, shot a flawless six-under par 64 on Sunday, saving his best for last after carding a lackluster five-over 75 in the first round.   -  Getty Images

Spain's Jon Rahm sunk a breathtaking 66-foot putt to win the BMW Championship on Sunday in a thrilling playoff victory over American Dustin Johnson.

The 25-year-old, who recently spent two weeks as world number one, shot a flawless six-under par 64 on Sunday, saving his best for last after carding a lackluster five-over 75 in the first round.

Rocketing up the leaderboard on Sunday, Rahm then drained the long putt in the first hole of a playoff against Johnson, letting out an elated roar.

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“Honestly I hoped it would be a decent putt for par coming back and have a chance to keep the playoff going. Luckily it looked really good on the way and when it had 10 feet to go it was tracking beautifully,” Rahm said in a televised interview.

“I could hardly believe it,” he added.

 

Johnson, who had a two-stroke lead heading into the final round, carded a three-under par 67 despite a pair of costly bogeys. He shot a birdie on 18 to push the round into a playoff but his effort was not enough to derail his steely-nerved opponent.

Rahm, who won last month's Memorial Tournament, carded a five-birdie 66 in Saturday's third round despite forgetting to put a marker down on the fifth green before picking up his ball, which cost him a stroke. He quickly put the embarrassing mental lapse behind him.

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“Yesterday was just trying to finish strong and get myself in contention, and once I teed off today with the good weather and how I started striping it the first few holes I knew I had a chance,” said Rahm. “I just tried not to think about it.”

 

The second of three FedexCup playoff events, where 69 players were vying for 30 spots in the upcoming Tour Championship, the tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club near Chicago proved a tough test, with just five golfers finishing the four rounds under par.

Rounding out the top five finishers were Chilean Joaquin Niemann (67) and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (69), who finished the tournament tied for third at two-under, and American Tony Finau (65), who finished fifth at one-under par through four rounds.

- Woods aims to 'clean up' rounds ahead of US Open -

Tiger Woods' PGA Tour season ended with a thud at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, with the 15-time major winner finishing with a dismal 11 over par through the fourth round of the BMW Championship.

Woods, who carded a one-over par 71 on Sunday and finished the tournament tied at 51st place, was among the many players who struggled on the tricky Illinois course.

“This golf course was basically a US Open, with the rough being as high as it is and fairways a little bit narrow,” said Woods.

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“Look at the scores, and I don't think that we've seen scores like this in a non-major in a very long time.

“This was a great ramp-up for me for the US Open,” he added.

The 44-year-old, who failed to crack the top-10 at any tour event since the tour returned from coronavirus-mandated hiatus earlier this year, shot a disastrous three-over par and five-over par in the first two days of the tournament, wrapping up Sunday's play with a double-bogey on 17 and par on 18.

He hopes to make good use of the downtime, trying to “clean up” his rounds before the US Open begins next month at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

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