Jon Rahm made another glorious feat this weekend in his young, brilliant, vertiginous career. In his first complete PGA Tour season, the golfer from Barrika was able to qualify for the grand finale of the FedEx Cup, positioned in the top 5 of the rankings, a spectacular move that will allow him to go into the Tour Championship depending solely on himself and his own performance to win the FedEx Cup.
Rahm finished this Sunday in the BMW Championship in which he steadily pushed forward, fundamentally at the pace set by his putter, because his long game was solid and on point throughout the four days. He started out by shooting a 69 and a 68 in the first two rounds, and found himself with the need to buckle down and put the pressure on over the weekend to maintain his fifth place spot in the FedEx Cup.
Rickie Fowler became his main rival in the tournament. The top-notch golfer from California had opportunities to bump Jon out up until the very last putt of the very last hole of the tournament, but the effort put forth by the sensational Spanish golfer with promising young talent, who shot a 65 and 67 on Saturday and Sunday (he finished the final round with four birdies on the last five holes) kept him from doing so.
Rahm finished the BMW Championship in fifth place in the end. Three playoff tournaments and three top 5s. Outstanding. As we’ve previously mentioned, he’ll play in the FedEx Cup Final at East Lake in Atlanta, knowing that if he wins, he’ll be the champion. Any of the top five golfers of the FedEx who win will take home the title, independently of what the rest do.
Jon has earned a spot in a very exclusive club with fellow members Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman.
Other statistics that help account for Jon’s magnificent season: he’s made ten top 5s in the 21 PGA Tour tournaments he’s competed in. In other words, in almost one out of every two tournaments he plays, he ends up in the top five.
The Tour Championship, closing tournament of the PGA Tour season, will start this Thursday in Atlanta and Jon, as he wouldn’t have it any other way, is dead set on taking home the victory.