OLYMPIA FIELDS, Sick. — Even with so few people all around, Jon Rahm could listen to from the other aspect of the Olympia Fields clubhouse that Dustin Johnson had manufactured a 45-foot birdie on the closing gap to pressure a playoff on Sunday in the BMW Championship.
Resilient as at any time, Rahm went out and created some magic of his personal.
From 1 close of the 18th green to the other, Rahm’s putt from just above 65 feet rolled down the ridge and into the cup, location off a roar so loud it just about produced up for not having spectators.
“I realized how great D.J. has been taking part in,” Rahm explained. “I was anticipating nothing at all else. I was completely confident it was likely to come into a playoff and hoping to earn it. Hardly ever did I think I would make one more 50-, 60-footer, a couple of breaks in there, to finish up winning it.”
Johnson could only laugh at his birdie putt, eliciting a rare display of emotion — a gradual, sweeping upper cut. And he experienced the exact reaction to what Rahm did. What else is there to do?
“I played an unbelievable putt, obtained in the playoff and then Jon created an even a lot more absurd putt on top rated of me,” stated Johnson, who has been a runner-up two times and received in his final 3 begins.
The course that all week felt like a United States Open delivered the sort of enjoyment typical of the Masters.
Rahm’s big birdie putt on the first further gap spared him ideas of his blunder in the 3rd spherical, when he picked up his ball on the fifth environmentally friendly without the need of marking it, main to a a single-shot penalty and his only bogey of the weekend.
He tore by way of the again 9 Sunday on his way to a 6-under 64, the cheapest spherical of the week, to finish at 4-beneath 276.
Johnson, a 54-hole leader for his 3rd straight event and coming off an 11-shot victory past week at the T.P.C. Boston, birdied three of his opening four holes to open a a few-shot direct, dropped a pair of pictures around the flip and then shipped in the clutch with his 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 67.
It was only excellent more than enough to stay at No. 1 in the globe rankings by a slender margin.
He also stays at No. 1 in the FedEx Cup heading to the Tour Championship, that means he will start off the chase for the $15 million bonus at 10-underneath par, two ahead of Rahm, the No. 2 seed.
Joaquin Niemann, the 21-year-aged from Chile, also made a spirited operate with a 67 and was in the lead till a bogey on the 14th and no birdies the rest of the way. He tied for third with Hideki Matsuyama, who experienced a 69.
Tony Finau shut with a 65 to end a few guiding. They had been the only five gamers underneath par at Olympia Fields.
Rahm won for the next time this calendar year on the PGA Tour, and the 11th time in his career around the world.
Mackenzie Hughes had rationale to celebrate, also.
He was on the verge of participating in his way into the leading 30 who advance to East Lake when he took a sloppy bogey on the 17th. Needing a par on the 18th, he set his method into the entrance bunker, splashed out to 5 toes and raised each arms when it dropped.
Niemann also moved into the top 30, nevertheless he was chasing victory all working day.
Adam Prolonged and Kevin Streelman ended up bumped out, and Very long suffered the worst of individuals fates. He was projected 30th in the FedEx Cup till Corey Conners a few-putted from 5 feet for double bogey on the last hole. That permitted Billy Horschel to shift up plenty of spots on the leaderboard to shift to the 30th and ultimate location by 3 details over Lengthy.
The best 30 are confident spots in at minimum 3 majors subsequent yr, alongside with the Sentry Event of Champions at Kapalua to start the year. The winners-only party is using the best 30 in the FedEx Cup from getting shed a few months of the year to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tiger Woods missed all the motion. He designed double bogey on his 17th hole for a 71, creating this the initial time he was around par in all 4 rounds of a tournament due to the fact the Bridgestone Invitational in 2010.
Woods failed to achieve the Tour Championship for the 2nd straight 12 months. He now will get two months off right before the U.S. Open up at Winged Foot, and Olympia Fields proved to be a great test for that.