Closing eagle lifts Rahm to first USPGA Tour title

LA JOLLA, United States: Spain’s John Rahm claimed his first US PGA Tour title in style on Sunday, rolling in an eagle putt from the fringe at the final hole to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Rahm had broken free of the group tied for the lead at 10-under with a birdie at 17. At the par-five finishing hole on the South Course, he reached the back fringe with his second shot. Rahm’s effort from 60 feet snaked toward the hole and into the cup to cap a seven-under 65.
His 13-under total of 275 proved to be enough for a three-shot victory as the bevy of golfers on his heels stalled late. Taiwan’s Pan Cheng Tsung and American Charles Howell shared second on 10-under 278.
England’s Justin Rose closed with a two-under 70 to head a group on 279 alongside Americans Keegan Bradley (67), Pat Perez (70), Patrick Rodgers (72) and Tony Finau (71).
Rahm, 22, had opened with a bogey, but after birdies at the third, fifth and 11th he put himself among the leaders with an eagle at the 13th. “Thanks to 13, I got myself into it,” said Rahm, whose second shot from a fairway bunker left him an 18-footer for eagle. — AFP