Jon Rahm wins Memorial to take world primary spot from Rory McIlroy

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Rahm has gained a match on the PGA Tour in every of the previous 4 seasons
-9 J Rahm (Spa); -6 R Palmer (US); -5 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -4 M Wallace (Eng), J Day (Aus)
Chosen: -2 T Finau (US); +4 S Garcia (Spa), R McIlroy (NI), D Willett (Eng); +6 T Woods (US)
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Jon Rahm wiped away a tear of pleasure after changing Rory McIlroy as world primary by profitable the Memorial Event.

A 3-over-par 75 was sufficient to win on 9 beneath, three away from American Ryan Palmer (74), with Matt Fitzpatrick (68) third on 5 beneath, with fellow Englishman Matt Wallace (72) one again.

Rahm is the second Spaniard, after Seve Ballesteros, to prime the rankings.

“I’ve achieved a lifelong aim and any time I can be a part of Spanish historical past with Seve is unimaginable,” mentioned Rahm.

“But it surely’s arduous to course of proper now as a result of golf feels secondary. I misplaced two members of the family within the [coronavirus] quarantine.

“There are such a lot of issues going by my thoughts proper now that don’t have anything to do with golf.”

This was the sixth PGA Tour occasion since skilled golf resumed in the USA after an enforced three-month shutdown and had been been earmarked as the primary to permit followers in to observe.

Nevertheless, final week the PGA Tour mentioned the remaining 9 occasions of this season would happen behind closed doorways as instances of coronavirus proceed to soar within the nation.

Rahm overcomes wobble and penalty to win

Rahm, 25, began the ultimate spherical at Muirfield Village in Ohio with a four-shot lead over Palmer and Tony Finau.

That lead was eight by the eighth gap. “After which it obtained a little bit twisted,” mentioned Rahm.

He bogeyed the 10th after which slammed his driver into the bottom in anger after hitting his tee shot on the par-five 11th into water. He would double bogey the opening and see his lead lower to 5.

It was 4 when Palmer birdied the quick 12th and three after Rahm bogeyed the 14th.

He additionally seemed in hassle on the par-three 16th after his errant tee shot flew into the greenside tough, however he hit a superbly delicate chip that rolled proper into the centre of the cup for a birdie.

“It was an unbelievable shot,” mentioned Rahm. “It was one of the best short-game shot I’ve ever hit.”

Nevertheless, in addressing the ball earlier than his chip, tv photos confirmed that he inadvertently moved his ball a fraction. PGA Tour guidelines officers studied the footage whereas Rahm performed his ultimate two holes.

He solely discovered of his potential infringement when being interviewed instantly after his spherical and earlier than he had signed his scorecard.

“I didn’t see or really feel something,” he mentioned. “If it did transfer I didn’t see something. It is not going to take something away from that shot.

“For that to go in, that was precisely what I wanted.”

He was ultimately penalised two photographs however that solely modified the dimensions of his victory.

English pair end nicely as McIlroy and Woods fade

Fitzpatrick’s 68 was the bottom spherical of a day when the typical rating was nearer to 76, and moved him 15 locations up the leaderboard.

“It was only a grind,” he mentioned after a wonderful spherical which featured one bogey and 5 birdies and was interrupted by a 50-minute delay as a storm blew throughout the course.

“Pars have been an excellent rating,” he added.

Wallace had three birdies in his ultimate 4 holes, together with one on the final to card a level-par 72 and take joint fourth with Australian Jason Day.

Northern Eire’s McIlroy had an early birdie however a triple-bogey eight on the par-five fifth gap derailed his spherical as his reign as world primary completed with a six-over 78 and 4 over complete.

Tiger Woods mentioned he would take “a number of positives” away from his first match in 5 months regardless of ending with a four-over 76 and 6 over par complete.

The report five-times winner of this Jack Nicklaus-hosted occasion holed birdie putts of 18 and 22 ft on the 16th and 17th holes however he additionally had 5 bogeys and a double bogey.

Nicklaus and spouse recuperate from coronavirus

File 18-time main winner Nicklaus mentioned in the course of the spherical that he and his spouse Barbara each examined optimistic for coronavirus in March.

The American mentioned his spouse had no signs, whereas he handled a sore throat and cough for greater than a month.

“It did not final very lengthy, and we have been very, very lucky, very fortunate,” mentioned Nicklaus, who famous that he and his spouse, each 80, are at an “at-risk age” for extra critical Covid-19 signs.

“Our hearts exit to the individuals who did lose their lives and their households. We have been simply a few the fortunate ones,” he added.

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