The European Tour headed to Ireland’s Lahinch Golf Club for the second of the lucrative Rolex Series events. Jon Rahm became the first man to win 3 Rolex Series events, making it three wins, three top-fives and no worse than T15 in 8 Rolex Series events.
How it Happened
England’s Robert Rock, who combines the roles of European Tour Pro and golf instructor to the stars, entered Sunday atop the leaderboard after a sublime Saturday 60 catapulted him to -13. Eddie Pepperell & Rafa Cabrera Bello started the final round one shot back, with Rahm five shots behind.
Spain’s Cabrera Bello got off to a fast start, with 3 birdies through five compared to Pepperell’s +2 and Rock’s +1 at the same stage. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger found a run of three birdies on the trot between 5 & 7, as Rahm got into his groove with four birdies to a lone bogey at the turn. Cabrera Bello notched two more birdies, but four bogeys in 6 holes left him on -1 and out of contention whilst Pepperell recovered with three birdies to tie with the Spaniard and overnight leader Rock (level-par) on -13.
Andy Sullivan and Wiesberger both carded 6 birdies and two bogeys to finish on -14 for a share of second, but Sunday belonged to Jon Rahm. An incredible birdie putt from well off the green on No. 2 was followed by a pin-hugger from right of the fairway at the seventh. However, it was a long-range eagle putt at the 12th that launched him to the top of the pile on 14-under. A bogey at the next proved irrelevant as the World No. 8 sunk a further three birdies for -16 and a two-stroke victory. Ultimately, Rahm was able to do what he does best: Aggressive golf.
The T2 was enough to earn Wiesberger a spot at The Open, alongside Rock (-13, T4) & Paul Waring (-12, T7).
PGA Tour: It’s Your Time, Mr Wolff
When Matthew Wolff gained with PGA Tour card, talk of his unconventional swing spread like wildfire, with his heel-lifting, knee-jerking, club-flailing style about as unique as they come. However, he’s no novelty. In fact, it’s taken just four PGA Tour starts for Wolff to notch his first title at the 3M Open. Bryson DeChambeau (hardly conventional himself) eagled the 72nd to seemingly steal the victory at the death. However, the newbie also eagled the final hole to leapfrog DeChambeau in sensational style. You could say there were a lot of boys & girls crying Wolff at TPC Twin Cities. With a whacky but efficient swing and superb putting to match, this looks like the birth of a new star… Expect plenty of terrible Wolff-related puns for years to come!
Jon Rahm – What’s in the Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade M5
Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M5 (3-wood & 5-wood)
Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)
Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Written by Joe Carabini