Jon Rahm (-12) finished in fifth place in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, one of the most special tournaments of the PGA Tour season, both due to its unique format as well as where it’s staged. It’s the young golfer from Barrika’s fifth top 5 in nineteen tournaments of the PGA Tour. In other words, more than 25 percent of the time he’s ended up among the top five.
Rahm stood out among the crowd in this tournament played on three separate courses on the Monterey Peninsula in California where Pebble Beach took center stage. Jon started the week off playing on Spyglass, in very tough conditions with lots of wind and rain. He shot a 73, a great score in spite of the weather, although it did set him back a bit on the scoreboard.
The Spanish golfer played the next day on Pebble Beach. It was the big moment of the week. Not only did he shoot an outstanding 67, but he also made six birdies in a row between the 2nd and the 7th holes. He climbed over forty positions in the rankings and made it all the way up to the fight for the win. It wasn’t exactly an easy day. In fact, there were interruptions in the game due to fog.
He shot a fantastic 67 on Monterey Peninsula in an action packed-day. He made it into the top ten and got his foot in the door to fight for the win, although Jordan Spieth (final winner) shot up quickly to the leading position. Despite having been nine shots from the leader, Jon, once again on Pebble Beach, went out on the attack on Sunday to create options. He had another magnificent round of 68 shots, only dampered by a double bogey on the 3rd hole, after miss-hit on the second shot. He came in fifth in the end.
Another big week for Rahm, who is now in 37th place in the world rankings and sixth in the FedEX Cup. He walked away from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am as the golfer with the least bogeys, sure-fire sign of a solid game, and was also the one who hit the longest drive throughout the four days (first day on Spyglass: 368 yards) and stood out once again with his precision from tee to green.
Jon will now take a two-week break after playing in four consecutive tournaments: CareerBuilder, Farmers Insurance, Phoenix Open y AT&T Pro Am. Initially, he had planned on playing in the Genesis Open, but he decided not to in order to rest and prepare for the big event of the year in Mexico, within two weeks, the first World Championship of 2017.