Rahm goes down in final but 'proud' of comeback

Ross Houston
April 2, 2017

He had to work the hardest for this title.

Johnson completed an fantastic week in which he played 112 holes and never trailed at any point, winning the fifth WGC of his career. Rahm said. "If his putter had been hot, I wouldn't have had a chance, no question". "Once I collected myself after that tee shot on the ninth, things went a little easier", Rahm said. The ball landed on the flawless spot, on the front edge of the green, just over the water, bounced, and nearly hit the pin.

A slamming toilet door has been blamed for causing a potential £1.3million pay-day for Spanish golfer Jon Rahm to go down the pan.

"Uh ... pretty good", Johnson said.

There's really not much else to say. Rahm has yet to play the 18th hole at Austin Country Club in competition.

His nonchalant demeanor is so noticeable that on Saturday he was asked if he even has a pulse.

"I confirmed what I already thought, that I belong here", he said, not in a cocky manner, but with great confidence. "But I was able to hang in there".

And the young Spaniard, who won his first US PGA Tour title at Torrey Pines this year, won the 13th, 15th and 16th with birdies - rolling in a clutch 32-footer at the 16th.

That hole was most notable for the ridiculous distance of the two drives.

With the honour on the 18th tee, Rahm again showed bravado by pulling driver at the 350-metre par-four and blasting directly at the green.

"I don't know what happened. But yeah, as of right now I'm planning on being there".

Johnson's pounding drives and elite wedge play has made him look virtually unbeatable at times.

Rahm used his power to make birdie on the fifth and sixth to take the lead, only for Haas to answer with a birdie on the seventh to square the match. His chip down the slope was short of the ridge, and he had to settle for par. He did well to make par.

He then fashioned a nerveless, up-and-down par from the thick grass just short of the green on the par-4 18th to close out the match.

Despite the disappointment, another strong week cemented long-hitting Rahm's reputation as one of the game's rising talents and an intriguing prospect for his Masters debut. I'm really proud of what I did, it was a great week.

Rahm beat American Bill Haas 3&2 in their semi-final and will become the youngest ever victor of a WGC event if he can overcome Johnson in the 18-hole final.

He is projected to jump from 26th to 14th when the world rankings are updated today and is now second in the Race to Dubai Rankings behing England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Johnson was 2 up at the turn when he three-putted the 10th for the second straight round.

"It's beating", Johnson said. He won at Riviera by five shots.

In a final that matched two of the game's longest hitters, Johnson looked set to cruise to victory thanks to his big early lead, but it got interesting near the end.

The Masters is in two weeks. Tanihara did have the highlight of the day though, acing a hole-in-one on the 7th against Haas in the consolation match.

Tiger Woods won them all before the HSBC Champions was added to the WGC lineup in 2009.

He never trailed over 112 holes in seven matches. That was single-elimination with six matches.

Even though Woods was more dominant than Johnson is now, the Match Play was the toughest for him to win.

Along with making history with the victory, Johnson also left his mark on the Dell Technologies Match Play Tournament itself.

Johnson, who overtook Hideki Matsuyama for the top spot in the FedEx Cup standings, intends to play in this week's Shell Houston Open and then he'll be the likely favorite in the year's first major at Augusta National. He has 15 finishes in the top 10 over his last 19 tournaments.

He made it three in a row on Sunday at the Austin Country Club.

American journeyman D.A. Points reaped the benefits of a recent switch to a cross-handed putting style, rolling in nine birdies on his way to a two-stroke victory at the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday. Six others in the top 10 were eligible for the Houston Open, where the victor gets an invitation to the Masters.

Tanihara, who defeated two-time major victor Jordan Spieth in his first group match, reduced his deficit to a single hole before losing the 12th after three-putting it for par, but birdied the next two holes to get back to all square. "It was just like, 'Wow!' I just hit in the fairway and I hit it right at the flag and tapped it in".

And then it became a grind.

In third is Geoff Ogilvy with three. "I just didn't really give him anything".

"So I (was) kind of nervous before I started".

There was a Canadian victor at the Puerto Rico Open. And he starts out next year on Maui at the Tournament of Champions.

Lee twice just missed putts that would have put her at 21-under.

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