Woods a Non-Factor, Rahm Holds Off Palmer to Win Memorial
The much hyped return of Tiger Woods lasted about one round before he began a plunge into tournament irrelevancy.
After an opening round 71, Woods shot 76 on the second day and made the cut right on the number, and then fired a 71 and 76 on the final two days, finishing six over for the week.
“These were some of the more difficult conditions I’ve played in a long time,” said Woods after the round.
While Woods was struggling, it was Jon Rahm who ran away with the tournament, finishing at nine under par, there shots ahead of Ryan Palmer.
With the win, Rahm takes over number one in the world for he first time in his career.
“It’s pretty surreal to think it’s happened this quickly. How many people get to achieve a lifelong dream, a short lifelong dream, in their mid-20s? It’s incredible,” said Rahm after the round.
The victory is also Rahm’s first on the PGA Tour since 2018.
Rahm opened the final round with a four-shot lead, and doubled it by the time he made the turn.
The tournament appeared to be a run away.
However, in the opening holes of the back nine, Rahm stumbled and allowed Palmer to get within three shots with four holes to play.
That all changed on the 16th hole when Rahm chipped in on 16.
Of course, the chip didn’t come without some controversy.
A slow motion replay of the chip shows that the ball moved ever so slightly when Rahm put his club down in the grass to address it.
Rahm was assessed a two stroke penalty on the play and would end up winning by three strokes indeed of five.