Jon Rahm shot below a 70 in all four rounds, and finished with a total of -21, fighting hard for the victory up until the last nine holes on Sunday at the Desert Classic. Couldn’t ask for much more in defending the title.

Of course, he could have won, but the reality is that he was not far off at all. It was just in the details, a few putts that slipped out from under his fingertips were the guilty party in keeping Rahm from taking home the victory in California. The Desert Classic is the old CareerBuilder Challenge, a tournament played in Pro-Am format on three different courses, the PGA Tour debut event in the US, 2019 season.

Rahm was at the top of the rankings throughout the entire week. He went head to head with the leaders, although he was always missing that extra push to be able to truly vie for the title. There’s nothing to critique in his long game. Quite the opposite, in fact. He undoubtedly made his mark. In fact, he was the best in the tournament off the tee, a magnificent precursor to the next stop on the PGA Tour, The Farmers Insurance Open, which starts this Thursday in San Diego.

Rahm finished the tournament with a total of -21, just one shot away from the score that made him champion last year. He ended up five shots away from the leader, rookie Adam Long, and four from Phil Mickelson, who dominated the tournament from Thursday to Saturday, although he couldn’t come through in the end for the win in the last round.

Rahm’s performance was, once again, very powerful: he made 26 birdies and only five bogeys. It’s his fourth consecutive top ten, and the thirteenth of his career in the major tours in just 67 tournaments as an amateur and professional.

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