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Rahm wins CBC in extra time

Monday, January 22, 2018

CareerBuilder Challenge

La Quinta, CA



Beginning the day two shots back, first-round leader and World No. 3 Jon Rahm painted a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in Sunday’s final round at PGA WEST’s Stadium Course to match Andrew Landry (68) on 22-under 266, and then won with a mid-range birdie-3 on the fourth playoff hole (third tour of the par-4 18th), improving his record to 1-0 in sudden death and 1-for-3 as 18-hole leader/co-leader.


The 23-year-old, a pre-tourney 8/1 fave outright, bags his second PGA TOUR title in 38 career events (33 pro), joining his come-from-behind win at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open 21 starts ago, which he won in his tourney debut as a 50/1 outright.



Final Leaderboard:


P1- Jon Rahm 62-67-70-67= 266 (-22)

P2- Andrew Landry 63-65-70-68= 266 (-22)

T3- John Huh 68-69-65-66= 268 (-20)

T3- Adam Hadwin 66-67-67-68= 268 (-20)

T3- Martin Piller 64-67-67-70= 268 (-20)




Playing his second season on TOUR, the Arizona State alum has now recorded 17 top-10 finishes with nine of those podiums. Along with his two wins, he’s also finished runner-up four times and third-place three times.


Dating to the start of the FedExCup Playoffs last season, the Spaniard has bagged six top 10s in his last seven starts, five of those top 5s. Inclusive of his latest start on the European Tour, he’s won twice in his last three worldwide events:


Worldwide Form: P1-2-1-T36-T7-T5-T4-T3

Season Form: P1-2-T36

FEC Rank: 2nd (UP 18); career high

OWGR: 2nd (UP one); career high



Rahm is now 2-for-2 at the CareerBuilder (T34/2017) and 3-for-3 on the season after T36 at the WGC-HSBC and solo 2nd in his tourney debut at the Sentry TOC two weeks ago.





Rahm’s 2 TOUR wins:



2018 CareerBuilder (come from behind, 2-shot deficit)

Appearance: second (T34/2017)

Shot: 5-under 67

Winning Margin: PLAYOFF

Career Start: 38 (33 pro)

Starts Between Wins: 21



2017 Farmers (come from behind, 3-shot deficit)

Appearance: debut

Shot: 7-under 65

Winning Margin: 3 shots

Career Start: 17 (12 pro)



Both of Rahm’s wins have come at multiple-course events and in California:



2018 CareerBuilder

3 courses: all par 72s

Host: Stadium (Par 72; 7,113 yards)



2017 Farmers

2 courses: par 72s

Host: Torrey Pines South (Par 72; 7,698 yards)




Last season as a first-time member though not a rookie, Rahm finished 5th in the final FEC standings and was one of three players to book top 10s in all four Playoffs events (Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose).


He also has two wins in 15 career starts on the European Tour, both in 2017, most recently the season-ending DP World Tour Championship 10 weeks ago, which secured the European Tour’s Rookie of the Year award and a 3rd-place ranking in the final Race to Dubai standings.




How Rahm Won on Sunday:



After kicking off in career-low 62-67-70, Rahm began T4, two shy of leader Austin Cook.


Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, circling five at Nos. 4, 7, 10, 13 and 14, two from between 17 and 19 feet. After missing a 13-footer at the last to win in regulation – and a 9-footer for birdie and the win on the first tour of the 18th in extra time – he finally dispatched Landry in fading daylight, whose birdie (from one inch closer) to extend to a fifth playoff hole slid by on the right.


Playing his second season on the PGA TOUR (2016), Landry is a two-time winner and two-time graduate of the Tour.


Chasing his first TOUR title, he began the day one shot back and was in the final threesome, one group behind Rahm.


On eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, the Arkansas alum squared bogey-4 at hole 6, his only blemish of the tournament, camouflaged by five circles at 1, 5, 9, 13 and 18, two from between 32 and 46 feet.


He gamely canned a walk-off birdie-3 from 11’0” on the par-4 18th to force extra time and had a great birdie try from inside of 10 feet for the win on the second playing of the par-4 18th in sudden death but missed low and right.




Round 4 Stats Comparison (ranking of 77 players):



SG: Off-the-Tee:

Rahm: 1.64 (3rd)

Landry: 0.33 (40th)


SG: Approach-the-Green:

Rahm: 2.38 (7th)

Landry: 0.75 (33rd)


SG: Around-the-Green:

Rahm: -0.77 (60th)

Landry: 0.14 (29th)


SG: Putting:

Rahm: 0.99 (22nd)

Landry: 2.03 (11th)


SG: Total:

Rahm: 4.23 (T6)

Landry: 3.23 (T9)



Rahm: 25 (T9)

Landry: 27 (T27)




Rahm’s Position by Round:



R1: 1

R2: 2

R3: T4

R4: T1



Landry’s Position by Round:



R1: T2

R2: 1

R3: T2

R4: T1




Leader/co-leaders by Round:



R1: Jon Rahm (finished P1): Improves to 1-for-3 as 18-hole leader/co-leader


R2: Andrew Landry (P2): Drops to 0-for-1 as 36-hole leader/co-leader


R3: Austin Cook (T14): Drops to 1-for-2 as 54-hole leader/co-leader


R4: Jon Rahm (P1): 1-0 in playoffs

R4: Andrew Landry (P2): 0-1 in playoffs




Rahm’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 77 players):



Eagles: 1 (T6)

Birdies: 26 (3rd)

Bogeys: 6 (T24)



Par-3 Scoring: 2.94 (T23)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.80 (T5)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.19 (T1)



Driving Accuracy: 36/56 (T28) at 64.29%

GIR: 52/72 (T20) at 72.22%

Putts per GIR: 1.558 (8th)

Total Putts: 104 (T12)

Putts by Round: 25-28-26-25

Scrambling: 15/20 (T21) at 75.00%

All Around: (2nd)



Note: Strokes gained stats are only recorded on the Stadium Course




Field Scoring Average:



This was the 59th playing of the CBC, third straight with the current 3-course rotation:



Stadium Course (SC) host: 7,113 yards; par 72 (36-36)

Nicklaus Tournament (NT): 7,159 yards; par 72 (36-36)

La Quinta CC (LQ): 7,060 yards; par 72 (36-36)



SC: 71.17 (four rounds)

NT: 69.45 (three rounds)

LQ: 68.83 (three rounds)







With the 3-course rotation and a scheduled 54-hole cut, there wasn’t a traditional draw this week, so we’ll look at the course rotation for the top-5 finishers.


In total, 77 pros from a field of 155 pros and one amateur made the 54-hole cut of 8-under 208 with the final round contested on the Stadium Course.



Rahm (P1): LQ-NT-SC-SC

Note: Rahm is second straight winner on this rotation:


2017 winner: Hudson Swafford: LQ-NT-SC-SC

2016 winner: Jason Dufner: NT-SC-LQ-SC



Landry (P2): LQ-NT-SC-SC

Huh (T3): NT-SC-LQ-SC

Hadwin (T3) NT-SC-LQ-SC

Piller (T3): NT-SC-LQ-SC



Notes: Of the 10 players who finished in the top 10, NONE began on the Stadium Course:



La Quinta: 6

Nicklaus: 4

Stadium: 0




Low Rounds:



R1: 62: Jon Rahm (LQ)


R2: 64 (x9):

Zach Johnson, Michael Kim, Russell Knox, Peter Uihlein, Lanto Griffin (NT)


Brian Gay, Trey Mullinax, Tom Lovelady (LQ)


Kevin Chappell (SC)


R3: 64: Austin Cook (LQ)


R4: 64: Sam Saunders (R4 on SC only)




Bogey-free Rounds:



R1: 25 players

R2: 16 players

R3: Tom Hoge (66-LQ); Kevin Streelman (68-LQ); Nick Taylor (69-LQ); Hunter Mahan (69-NT); Andrew Landry (70-SC) 

R4: Nick Taylor (66); Jon Rahm (67); Seamus Power (70)



Multiple bogey-free rounds:


(x3): Andrew Landry

(x2): Jon Rahm, Seamus Power, Kevin Streelman, Rob Oppenheim, Russell Knox, Nick Taylor




Leaderboard Notes:




Season Form: P2-CUT-T4-WD-CUT-T59-T7

CBC Form: P2-CUT

FEC Rank: 11th (UP 31)

OWGR: 102nd (UP 82); career high




Season Form: T3-CUT-T37-T25-T57-CUT-CUT

CBC Form: T3-CUT-T24-T30

FEC Rank: 56th (UP 67)

OWGR: 293rd (UP 140)




Season Form: T3-32-T65-47-T51

CBC Form: T3-2-T6-T48

FEC Rank: 59th (UP 740

OWGR: 52nd (UP eight)




Season Form: T3-CUT-CUT-T4-CUT-T43-T69

CBC Form: T3-T24-CUT

FEC Rank: 29th (UP 39); career high

OWGR: 212th (UP 93)




Career-Best Finishes (TOUR members):



Landry (P2)

Career Start: 26

Career Top 10s: 4

Career Top 3s: 1


Piller (T3)

Career Start: 55

Career Top 10s: 4

Career Top 3s: 1


Brandon Harkins (T8)

Career Start: 8

Career Top 10s: 2


Nate Lashley (T29)

Career Start: 8


Sam Ryder (T50)

Career Start: 8




Updated Top 10 in FEC standings (points):



Rahm collects 500 FEC points for the victory and jumps 18 places to a career-high 2nd in the FEC standings, 402 points behind leader Patton Kizzire, who stays atop the standings for a second event in a row and fourth week overall this season. 



1. Patton Kizzire (1,224)

2. Jon Rahm (822)

3. Pat Perez (761); DOWN one

4. Dustin Johnson (718); DOWN one

5. Austin Cook (699); DOWN one

6. Justin Thomas (640); DOWN one

7. Brian Harman (630)

8. Brendan Steele (623)

9. Patrick Cantlay (609); DOWN three

10. Justin Rose (550); DOWN one


Note: Landry (499) jumps 31 spots to No. 11; Tony Finau (idle), drops from 10th to 12th with 474 points.




Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:



Brian Harman: 5

Patton Kizzire: 4

Andrew Landry: 3

Brian Stuard: 3

Chesson Hadley: 3

Pat Perez: 3




Updated Top 10 in OWGR:



With a Strength of Field rating of 223 (down from 228 last year), Rahm banks 40.00 world-ranking points and nudges one spot to a career-high 2nd in OWGR:



1. Dustin Johnson

2. Jon Rahm (UP one)

3. Jordan Spieth (DOWN one)

4. Justin Thomas

5. Hideki Matsuyama

6. Justin Rose

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Brooks Koepka

9. Sergio Garcia (UP one); won Singapore Open on Asia/Japan Tour

10. Henrik Stenson (DOWN one)




Other Notable career-high OWGR’s:



Tommy Fleetwood: 12th (UP six)

Won Abu Dhabi HSBC on Euro Tour (successful defense)




Field Breakdown & Top-10 Finishes:



OWGR field average: 376th

OWGR average for top-10 finishers: 186th   



3 of the Top 25 in OWGR were in the field

1 finished in the top 10



11 of the Top 50 OWGR

2 finished in the top 10



No. 3 Jon Rahm (P1); top-ranked

No. 32 Kevin Chappell (T6)




Overall, 10 players finished in the top 10.



Other Top 10s:



No. 60 Adam Hadwin (T3)

No. 124 Scott Piercy (T6)

No. 142 Jason Kokrak (T8)

No. 184 Andrew Landry (P2)

No. 250 Sam Saunders (T8)

No. 305 Martin Piller (T3)

No. 329 Brandon Harkins (T8)

No. 433 John Huh (T3)




Other Notables:



No. 20 Brian Harman (T20)

No. 27 Kevin Kisner (T50)

No. 38 Webb Simpson (T36)

No. 39 Jhonattan Vegas (T11)

No. 41 Jason Dufner (T36)

No. 46 Brendan Steele (T20)

No. 47 Zach Johnson (T20)

No. 90 Hudson Swafford (T29); defender




TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:



TOUR Rookies: 23

Top-10 finishes: 1



First-Timers: 28

Top-10 finishes: 1




Brandon Harkins: We’re combining the first-timer category with top-rookie category this week as the World No. 329 took top honors in both with a career-best T8 on 18-under 270 (64-68-68-70).


Season Form: T8-T25-T49-T25-T20-CUT-T9


Starts: 7

Made Cuts: 6


Top 25s: 5

Top 10s: 2

Top 5s: 0


FEC Rank: 32nd (UP 18)

OWGR: 270th (UP 59); career high


Weekly totals for the California native and Cal State-Chico alum (ranking):


Eagles: 2 (T1)

Birdies: 20 (T33)

Bogeys: 6 (T24)


This is the first time this season (seven starts) that the 31-year-old was the top-rookie finisher.




Honorable Mention:



Austin Cook: Through the first 11 events of the season, the Arkansas alum is the only rookie to win thus far (multi-course RSM). After opening his tourney debut in 63-70-64, he was the 54-hole leader by one (over Landry and Piller) and labored to a 3-over 38-37=75 for T14, the next-best rookie and debutant to Harkins.


Season Form: T14-T18-T22-1-T50-T20-T25


Starts: 7

Made Cuts: 7


Top 25s: 6

Top 10s: 1

Top 5s: 1

Wins: 1


FEC Rank: 5th (DOWN one)

OWGR: 112th (UP six); career high




Picking a Winner:





Through 11 events this season:



4 winners were in their 20s (Rahm: age: 23)

5 were in their 30s

2 were in their 40s





8 (of 11) winners had a top-25 finish the start prior (72.7%):

Rahm, 2nd (Sentry TOC)





4 (of 11) winners had a top-10 finish the start prior (36.3%):

Rahm, 2nd (Sentry TOC)





7 (of 11) winners this season have emerged out of the FINAL group on Sunday (63.6%)





Jon Rahm (CareerBuilder): Penultimate threesome; erased 2-shot deficit w/ 5-under 67; won 2-man PLAYOFF (Landry)


Patrick Cantlay (Shriners): Third-to-last threesome; erased 4-shot deficit w/ 4-under 67; won 3-man PLAYOFF (Cejka, Kim, W)


Justin Rose (WGC-HSBC): Penultimate threesome; erased 8-shot deficit w/ 5-under 67; won by two (Stenson, Koepka, Johnson D)


Brendan Steele (Safeway): Penultimate threesome; defender erased 2-shot deficit w/ 3-under 69; won by one (Finau)





Average winner’s pre-tourney odds outright





In the last 104 events on TOUR, the pre-tourney fave/co-fave has won 8 times for a conversion percentage of just 7.69%.



This Season:


11 tournaments

2 pre-tourney faves/co-fave won:


Jon Rahm: 8/1 (CareerBuilder)

Justin Thomas: 15/2 (CJ CUP)



Last Season:


47 tournaments

4 pre-tourney faves/co-fave won:



Henrik Stenson: 14/1 Wyndham (co-fave)

Jordan Spieth: 12/1 The Open

Jordan Spieth: 8/1 Travelers

Dustin Johnson: 13/2 WGC-Mexico



This week’s favorite(s):





Last week’s winner(s):


Patton Kizzire: finished T42 on 11-under 277 (70-66-69-72)




Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:



Justin Rose (1-T10-T2-T10-T10)

Dustin Johnson (1-T2)

Jon Rahm (P1-2)




Consecutive Top-10 streaks ended:



Brian Harman (T20-T4-3-T4-8-T5)

Chris Kirk (CUT-T10-T4)

Alex Cejka (T50-T9-P2) 






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