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John Rahm has come up short in his quest for three consecutive PGA Tour Victories at the Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm, who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and The American Express earlier in the month, went into the final day two shots off the pace but failed to make a run at Torrey Pines.
Instead, it was American Max Homa who took home first prize after a final round of 66 earned him a score of -13 for the week. The 32-year-old managed to hold off Keegan Bradley, who finished on -11, and Collin Morikawa, who finished on -10.
Rahm ended up tied for 7th after a disappointing round of 74 to close out his week. Alongside him on -8 was Jason Day with the Australian enjoying a final round of 68 to claw six shots back on Rahm.
Although the Spaniard will be disappointed that he hasn’t been able to become world number one once again, he will surely still be satisfied with how his game is shaping up in what is set to be a busy year of golf.
A sixth PGA Tour victory for Homa
It was a day to remember for world number 16, Max Homa after he clawed back a five-shot deficit to come out victorious in California. His round of 66 featured seven birdies and one bogey as he got stuck into Sam Ryder’s overnight lead right from the off.
He may well have suspected that it was going to be his day when he sunk a 25-foot putt for birdie on the third before following it up with two more over the next three holes. After completing his opening nine holes in 31 shots, the six-time tournament winner went around the back nine in 35, topped off by a birdie on the final hole to secure victory.
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The pressure applied by Homa seemed to impact Sam Ryder’s game on the final day. Ryder took a two-shot lead into Saturday but couldn’t find any rhythm on the day. A double bogey on the 15th saw his hopes of a third PGA Tour victory end and he finished his day three-over par.
The person who came closest to challenging Homa was former PGA Championship winner, Keegan Bradley. The world number 25 went around Torrey Pines without a bogey on Saturday to card a 66 of his own but he still ended up two shots adrift of Homa.
Speaking to reporters after lifting the trophy on Saturday, Homa said that his ability to win from behind comes from “a ton of patience and a lot of confidence”. He added:
“Obviously there’s a ton of great players. That board was stacked, but I just had to know that it’s obviously a hard golf course. I just had to keep hitting good shots and keep hitting good putts.”
Next up on the PGA Tour is the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 156 amateurs and celebrities will play alongside one and other over three rounds in four-ball action. Some of the headline professionals taking part include Jordan Spieth and Matt Fitzpatrick while the biggest names on the celebrity front include Gareth Bale and Josh Allen.
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