Aug 31st, 2020
A tale of two putts
Rahm takes BMW Championship in a dramatic playoff
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However, Rahm was not to be deprived of the title as on the first extra hole the man from Spain drained an even longer effort on the 18th green, a putt of some sixty plus feet.
"I still can't believe what just happened the last hour of play," said Rahm after his win.
"That stretch of waiting for DJ, him making the putt, going in the playoff, me making the putt, then trying to stay mentally in it just in case he made the last putt. It's been a rollercoaster, but so much fun."
Rahm overturned a three shot deficit on the leaders, Johnson and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, on the final round. He had a flawless round consisting of six birdies and twelve pars for a 64 to go with his 66 on Saturday.
Rahm's only dropped shot over the weekend was when he received a one shot penalty during his third round for lifting his ball without having marked it.
World number one Johnson conceded that he was surprised he holed his long-range putt on the 18th to go in.
"I was kind of laughing at my putt because it was one of those where you're not really thinking you're going to make it," he said.
"I played an unbelievable putt, got in the playoff and then Jon made an even more ridiculous putt on top of me."
Matsuyama and Chile's Joaquin Niemann finished two shots back from the leaders at two-under on the challenging Olympia Fields course.
Best of the Brits was Matthew Fitzpatrick who finished in joint sixth at level par. Rory McIlroy closed with a round of 71 to finish on three over with Paul Casey (68) and Tyrrell Hatton (70) a further shot back on four over.
Tiger Woods failed in his bid to force his way into the top thirty and a spot at the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta which starts on Thursday. He could only muster a final round 71 which left him way back from the top five finish he needed.
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