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Monday, January 30, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Jon Rahm

Around the wider world of golf: Brittany Lincicome won a playoff at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic; Jeunghun Wang won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the ET; Todd Sinnott won the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and Andrew Landry won the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on the Web.com Tour.

Jon Rahm and caddie celebrate eagle at 18

After most of the big names left Torrey Pines, the game began in earnest. I don't mean to belittle players like Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Brandt Snedeker or Phil Mickelson. It's just that -- aside from Phil -- Tiger, DJ, J-Day and Rickie garnered most of the attention. But they didn't play the way anybody hoped and, once they were gone, it almost felt as if the golf could finally get underway.

And the names who remained rightfully drew a lot of attention. Defending champ Snedeker was once again in contention, as were Rose and Matsuyama, and Phil was within shouting distance when the final round started. But no one could distance themselves from the field, and even more players joined the fray, like up-and-comers Patrick Rodgers and Ollie Schniederjans.

But somehow, in the midst of it all, everybody forgot about up-and-comer Jon Rahm.

In retrospect, he shouldn't have been ignored that way. Rahm was actually a stroke ahead of Phil, and his resume was easily the equal of any other not-yet-a-winner in the field. And yet he somehow slipped under the radar until an eagle at 13 tied him for the lead, putting him firmly in the mix. By the time he reached 17 he was on everybody's radar... and then the unimaginable happened.

A birdie at 17, and that unbelievable 60-foot downhill putt at 18 that calmly dropped in the center of the cup for an eagle... and a three-shot lead that left the CBS crew stating the obvious: Rahm was likely the winner because nobody was likely to catch him.

And nobody even got close. Rahm, like so many of the young winners this season, tied or set records attached to names like Woods and Mickelson. And, like so many of those young winners, handled the fans and press afterward as if he'd been doing it for years.

Now he can add his first Limerick Summary to his growing list of accolades. Perhaps the European Ryder Cup might want to start looking for some loophole Rahm could slide through...
Jon started the day three behind…
But we all know that Torrey's unkind
To the final round lead.
They were forced to concede
When Jon blitzed 'em all on the back nine.
The photo came from the tournament daily wrap-up page at PGATOUR.com.

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