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Jon Rahm, 62 for a -10 but it is not enough

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Jon Rahm has given a recital by delivering a card of 62 shots (-10) on the last day of Wentworth (England) that even placed him as provisional leader in the BMW PGA Championship, one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European circuit, this Once reduced to three laps by the death of Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Jon Rahm, results

The Basque golfer, 27 years old and number 6 in the world, has been especially touched with a magic wand in the last nine holes (-8) after getting two eagles (holes 12, 18) and five birdies (10, 11, 13, 16 , 17), accompanied by par at 14 and his only bogey of the day at 15.

In total he has achieved seven birdies, adding the two holed in his first nine holes (4 and 9). Rahm started this Sunday in 34th place, six strokes behind the leaders, the Norwegian Viktor Hovland and the Danish Soren Kjeldsen, but his memorable performance has boosted him to the provisional leadership with 200 strokes (-16) that they were about to give him title.

However, Irishman Shane Lowry was the final champion thanks to another fantastic card of 65 shots, with an eagle and five birdies for a total of 199 (-17). Lowry’s last birdie on the last hole 18 prevented the tournament from going to the playoff with Rahm and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (67).

Rahm has won seven titles on the American PGA circuit, including his only Grand Slam, the 2021 US Open, also scoring for the DP World Tour, the current name of the European tour, where he has another six victories in his career.

After the US Open, Jon Rahm joins the professional ranks which invalidates his qualification for the British Open 2016. In his first tournament as a professional, the Quicken Loans National, he is in the lead, alone or ex-æquo, during the first two laps, and finally finished third, four strokes behind winner Billy Hurley III.

This performance allows him to qualify again for the British Open, the Quicken Loans National being part of the qualifying tournaments. He finished 2nd in the RBC Canadian Open, securing special temporary PGA Tour membership for the rest of the season.

He also earned enough points as a non-member to earn a PGA Tour card for the 2017 season. On January 29, 2017, he won the Farmers Insurance Open with a 60-foot putt for Eagle on the last hole. A few weeks later, he announced that he would also play on the PGA5 European Tour.

In March, he played the first World Golf Championships tournaments of his career, the WGC-Mexico Championship which he finished 3rd, then the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, a match-play tournament in which he finished 2nd, beaten in the final by the world number 1, the American Dustin Johnson.

He won his second title of the year, and the first on the European tour, at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with 6 strokes ahead of the second.

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