For the second tournament in a row, Jon Rahm wasn’t quite able to get it done playing in the final group in the final round. He wasn’t the 54-hole leader in either, so these are far from chokes. However, with the intimidating talent he is, he probably thought he could have come away with at least one trophy had a few more things gone his way.
However you slice it, the Spaniard’s still playing some extraordinary golf in 2023. It began with the win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and continued with another victory at The American Express.
Three in a row seemed highly plausible at Torrey Pines, site of his 2021 U.S. Open triumph. Instead, he settled for T-7th.
Rahm trailed by two going into Sunday last week at the WM Phoenix Open. He wasn’t just down two to anybody, though. It was to Scottie Scheffler, the 2022 champion who successfully defended his title with a brilliant final-round 6-under 65. There wasn’t much Rahm could have done en route to solo third place.
This is how he assessed things after being asked by the media how frustrating of a day it was on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.
“I mean, it wasn’t that frustrating. Same tone of the other days pretty much,” Rahm was transcribed by ASAP Sports after recording 68-66-68-68.
"“The only difference Friday is I drove it a little bit better. I’m not sure I could have done much better the last two days, honestly. I didn’t feel like I made bad swings, but I put myself in bad spots.”"
He was pretty good in most statistical categories last week. The Arizona State alum was third in driving distance (330.4 yards), sixth in scrambling (79.17%), and seventh in strokes gained putting (6.035).
Rahm arrives to the Genesis Invitational for the fifth time. Last year’s T-21st finish (69-73-70-65) was his worst result of the bunch. It shows how well he’s played here, now it’s time to get the win.
He took T-9th (67-70-69-71) in 2019, T-17th (70-68-69-72) in 2020, and T-5th (70-69-72-66) in 2021.
I think Rahm will be fired up by the recent near misses and become the first to three wins on the PGA Tour this season. Getting back to world No. 1 is also a driving factor to keep playing well.