With so few folks round, Jon Rahm nonetheless were given phrase from the opposite facet of the Olympia Fields clubhouse that Dustin Johnson had made a 45-foot birdie at the ultimate gap to drive a playoff Sunday within the BMW Championship.
Resilient as ever, Rahm went out and made some magic of his personal.
From one finish of the 18th inexperienced to the opposite, Rahm’s putt from simply over 65 ft rolled down the ridge and into the cup, surroundings off a roar so loud it just about made up for no longer having spectators.
“I knew how just right DJ has been enjoying. I used to be anticipating not anything else,” Rahm mentioned. “I used to be absolutely assured it used to be going to come back right into a playoff and hoping to win it. By no means did I believe I’d make every other 50-, 60-footer, a few breaks in there, to finally end up successful it.”
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Johnson may solely snort at his birdie putt, eliciting a unprecedented display of emotion — a sluggish, sweeping higher reduce. And he had the similar response to what Rahm did. What else is there to do?
“I performed a fantastic putt, were given within the playoff after which Jon made an much more ridiculous putt on best of me,” Johnson mentioned, who has been runner-up two times and received in his final 3 begins.
The route that each one week felt like a U.S. Open delivered the type of pleasure conventional of the Masters.
Rahm’s large birdie putt at the first additional gap spared him ideas of his blunder within the 3rd spherical, when he picked up his ball at the 5th inexperienced with out marking it, resulting in a one-shot penalty and his solely bogey of the weekend.
He tore in the course of the again 9 Sunday on his solution to a 6-under 64, the bottom spherical of the week, to complete at Four-under 276.
Johnson, a 54-hole chief for his 3rd directly match and coming off an 11-shot victory final week on the TPC Boston, birdied 3 of his opening 4 holes to open a three-shot lead, dropped a couple of pictures across the flip after which delivered within the snatch along with his 45-foot birdie putt at the final gap for a 67.
It used to be solely just right sufficient to stick at No. 1 by means of a narrow margin.
He additionally remains at No. 1 within the FedEx Cup going to the Excursion Championship, that means he’s going to get started the chase for the $15 million bonus at 10-under par, two forward of Rahm, the No. 2 seed.
Joaquin Niemann, the 21-year-old from Chile, additionally made a spirited run with a 67 and used to be within the lead till a bogey at the 14th and no birdies the remainder of the best way. He tied for 3rd with Hideki Matsuyama, who had a 69.
Tony Finau closed with a 65 to complete 3 at the back of. They had been the one 5 gamers beneath par at Olympia Fields.
Rahm received for the second one time this 12 months at the PGA Excursion, and the 11th time in his profession international.
Mackenzie Hughes had explanation why to have fun, too.
He used to be at the verge of enjoying his approach into the highest 30 who advance to East Lake when he took a sloppy bogey at the 17th. Wanting a par at the 18th, he put his way into the entrance bunker, splashed out to five ft and raised each palms when it dropped.
Niemann additionally moved into the highest 30, despite the fact that he used to be chasing victory all day.
Adam Lengthy and Kevin Streelman had been bumped out, and Lengthy suffered the worst of the ones fates. He used to be projected 30th within the FedEx Cup till Corey Conners three-putted from five ft for double bogey at the ultimate gap. That allowed Billy Horschel to transport up sufficient spots at the leaderboard to transport to the 30th and ultimate spot by means of 3 issues over Lengthy.
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The highest 30 are confident spots in no less than 3 majors subsequent 12 months, together with the Sentry Event of Champions at Kapalua to start out the 12 months. The winners-only match is taking the highest 30 within the FedEx Cup from having misplaced 3 months of the season to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tiger Woods ignored all of the motion. He made double bogey on his 17th gap for a 71, making this the primary time he used to be over par in all 4 rounds of a match because the Bridgestone Invitational in 2010.
Woods failed to succeed in the Excursion Championship for the second one directly 12 months. He now will get two weeks off ahead of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and Olympia Fields proved to be a just right take a look at for that.