Jon Rahm had another noteworthy performance this week in the first tournament of the year in the PGA Tour. The golfer from Barrika finished in eighth place in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, in Hawaii, after shooting a 70, 71, 69 and 69 in each of the four rounds. The tournament took place at the Plantation Course Kapalua.
Rahm maintained his position at the top of the rankings throughout the entire week, within arm’s reach of the top ten after the first two rounds, and knee-deep in the top ten on Saturday and Sunday. It’s his 29th top ten in 66 tournaments played between the European Tour and the PGA Tour. Exceptional stats.
Jon has demonstrated a sound tee to green game, once again. He was comfortable with the new driver by TaylorMade, the M5. In fact, he was the fourth best in the tournament from tee to green, and ninth in distance. He even made the longest drive of the week, with an astounding 421 yards on the 17th hole on the second day.
The reality is that his long game was among the best of the week, and he just needed a little more accuracy with the putter to finish higher up in the rankings. Especially so with the opportunities for birdies that just wouldn’t convert from three to six meters away, a key distance in making it to the fight for the win.
Be that as it may, the outcome of this first tournament after vacation was positive. He only made six bogeys in 72 holes, no major errors and 19 birdies. His game deserved better results.
Despite the top ten, Jon went down one position in the world rankings, to Xander Schauffele, precisely the winner of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.