Jon Rahm wins second title of 2023 at The American Express
Jon Rahm is firing out of the gates in 2023, with victories in back-to-back starts.
With his series of victories, Jon Rahm is being rated as the best golfer in the world at the moment. After a spectacular comeback, surpassing Collin Morikawa to become the champion at the Sentry TOC in early January, the Spaniard continued to make fans happy when he won at the American Express. This shows that he is in very high form and the World's No. 1 position is probably not far away.
With a final-round 68 at PGA West’s Stadium Course, Rahm secured the win at The American Express, beating PGA Tour rookie Davis Thompson by one shot. The title follows Rahm’s win at the PGA Tour’s first event of the calendar year—the Sentry Tournament of Champions—and it’s his second victory in La Quinta. The Spaniard first won the event (then the CareerBuilder Challenge) in 2018.
The final round of the American Express took place this past Sunday at La Quinta CA. Entering the final day of competition, Jon Rahm and rookie David Thompson shared the top spot with a combined score of -23.
Rahm hit 3 birdies on the first 9 holes to take a 1-stroke lead. However, he got bogey on the 13th hole par 3 bringing his score back to -26 with Davis Thompson. The difference came on the 16th hole par 5 when Jon Rahm hit the ball better than David Thompson and had an up on 8 feet from the flag to score himself a birdie, taking the lead.
The 1-stroke difference was maintained by Jon Rahm with 2 par points on the last two holes to bring his second victory of 2023 on the PGA Tour. With this victory, the Spaniard pocketed $1,440 million in prize money out of the event's total prize fund of $8 million.
This also saw Jon Rahm's next comeback after Sentry TOC, because after the first two rounds, he was 2 strokes ahead of David Thompson. David Thompson has only played professionally since 2021 and 2nd place is his best result after 9 tournaments played on the PGA Tour.
3rd place belongs to Xander Schauffele – golfer who had an excellent breakthrough in the final day when hitting a 62-stroke bogey free (-10), including an Albatross point on hole 5, thereby increasing 13 places on the rankings. class. Korean golfer Tom Kim, after failing to pass the cut at the tournament last week, had an impressive performance when he ranked 6th this week. This is the second time in the season that Tom Kim is in the top 10.