Jon Rahm claimed his first PGA Tour title after bagging two eagles on the back nine of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge the Spaniard bagged a ton of new gear from TaylorMade, including driver, irons, wedges, putter and – crucially – a ball.
He used his new Itsy Bitsy Spider putter on Sunday to drain a 60-foot, eight-inch eagle putt on the finishing hole at Torrey Pines South to clinch the title.
Rahm was the first player to win the Ben Hogan Award as the nation’s top college golfer twice, and in nine starts after turning pro last summer, he had six top-25 finishes and nearly won twice. To stay aggressive Sunday, he told himself he was one shot behind going to the 17th hole, even though he actually had tied for the lead with his eagle at 13.
“I knew I had to go get it,” he said.
His birdie at 17 allowed him to take a solo lead for the first time, and the birdie at 18 ended a day that was highlighted by a two-minute span that began with two players sharing the lead and ended with those players tied for fourth while three different players were tied for first.
We caught up with him in the off-season to talk about his equipment.
In the bag
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (Aldila Tour Green 75TX), 10.5°
3-wood: TaylorMade M1 2017, 15°
5-wood: TaylorMade M1 2017, 19°
Irons (4): TaylorMade RSi TP UDI; (5-PW): TaylorMade P750
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited