There are classics that will never go out of style. Like the Godfather, Casablanca, or the Phantom of the Opera. One of them is to see Jon Rahm fighting for the win in the Farmers Insurance Open.
The difference is that while the others are unchanging works of art, Jon is always up against a different situation every season, new rivals, a change of scenery, different weather conditions… What never changes is that he is always at the top.
Rahm finished in seventh place. It’s his fourth top ten out of the five times he’s played at Torrey Pines. With nine holes left to play on Sunday, he was knee-deep in the fight for the win, just three shots away from the leader, Patrick Reed. Two bogeys on the last nine holes, one on the 11th after hitting it into the bunker off the tee, and another on the 15th hole after missing a short putt, not only kept him from winning, but also from getting second place, which was within arm’s reach.
Be that as it may, the evolution of his game throughout the week made for much more positive analysis than negative. He’s getting more and more comfortable every time with the new equipment, and it was quite a positive debut for the Odyssey putter. He still needs time to put all the pieces of the puzzle together properly, but he’s on the right path.
Jon had some of the highest stats on the tee shots and with the putter. In both areas, he was within the top 20. The aspects of the game in which he was probably lacking the most precision from other weeks, and possibly the key to why he didn’t win this week, were the irons and the recoveries. The victory went to Patrick Reed.
Rahm will play again next week, on his home turf, in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona, at TPC Scottsdale. Another special event on the calendar, where he is very eager to win.