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Rahm adds name to list of rising stars


SAN DIEGO—Jon Rahm of Spain added his name to the burgeoning list of young stars yesterday with his big game and a big finish at Torrey Pines.

Rahm made two eagles over the final six holes—the last one a 60-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-five 18th hole—for a five-under 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open by three shots for his first PGA Tour victory.

Rahm, who turned 22 in November, beat Phil Mickelson's mark as the youngest champion at this tournament.

He also became the first player in 26 years to capture his first PGA Tour title at Torrey Pines.

Starting the final round three shots out of the lead, Rahm made up ground in a hurry.

He hit four-iron into 18 feet on the par-five 13th and holed the eagle putt to tie for the lead.

He then stuffed a wedge into five feet on the 17th to take the lead, then finished with his long eagle putt that broke hard to the right and peeled back to the left before dropping in on the side of the cup.

Rahm, leaning forward during its 60-foot journey to the hole, unleashed a double fist pump as he hugged his caddie.

He watched a replay of the last eagle putt, along with his celebration, and said, “I don't even remember doing it.”

On a day in which nine players had at least a share of the lead, the final 20 minutes only mattered for positions.

Rahm finished at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of Charles Howell III (68) and C.T. Pan of Taiwan, who closed with a 70.

Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Rodgers, tied for the lead going into the final round, fell back with too many mistakes on the back nine.

The way Rahm finished, it might not have mattered.

All four PGA Tour events to start the new year now have been won by players in their 20s—Justin Thomas (23) won both events in Hawaii while Hudson Swafford (29) won last week in the California desert.

The victory gets Rahm into the Masters for the first time, along with other big events.

He also moved into top 50 in the world, and if he can stay there for three weeks, he'll get into two World Golf Championships in March.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., meanwhile, had another disappointing day—shooting 76 to finish in a tie for 49th place.

He had placed second at the CareerBuilder Challenge the previous week after a 13-under 59 in the third round.

Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask. (74) and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford (72) were tied for 54th while Ottawa's Brad Fritsch (76) finished in a tie for 67th.

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