I don’t know about everyone else, but my heart is still POUNDING from the finish to the BMW Championship. After a rough first three days (or a great first three days if you root for the course), we finally got some scoring on Sunday!
Going into Sunday, only three players were under par, an insane stat that, outside from the major tournaments, had not happened in 20 years!
Up at the top was Dustin Johnson, a person that I wrote off in my Draftkings blog earlier in the week, tied with Hideki Matsuyama at 1-under par. Young guns Joaquin Niemann and Mackenzie Hughes at 1-over par. Jon Rahm sat back at 2-over par, having been given a one-stroke penalty the day before for forgetting to mark his ball.
To be fair, Jon, we have all been there.
With scoring opening up a little bit, we began to see some players make a rise up the leaderboard. Tony Finau climbed all the way up to 5th place with a 5-under 65, while players like Scottie Scheffler, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Jason Kokrak also went low on the day.
As we turned to the back 9, Rahm became a man possessed. Birdies on 10 and 12 but him within striking distance of DJ, and he followed it up with back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16.
As he finished up his round, Rahm went straight to the practice range to stay warm for a playoff. When DJ hit his 2nd shot into the green at 18, it appeared Rahm didn’t even need to stay warm. That was until Dustin took out his super-human powers to drain a 43 footer for the tie.
This insane putt forced a playoff, with DJ and Jon Rahm riding back up to the 18th fairway. Rahm hit his drive into the right-hand rough, while DJ got what looked like could be a champions bounce: his drive hit a tree and bounced right into the fairway. Both hit their 2nds into the green, where Rahm would have a 66-foot putt. Many people, including Rahm himself, looked as his birdie putt as a lag putt to get it close and try to par. However, the golf gods had another idea.
Another look shows Rahm walking to mark his ball, only to stop and have a HUGE celebration.
DJ would end up missing his 45-footer by inches, and Rahm was crowned champion. This was Jon’s second win this year, and moved him up to 2nd place in the FedEx Cup standings behind DJ. With four more rounds to go before we crown a champion, I’m excited to see if both of these players can keep their momentum going into East Lake. Hopefully we can get another shootout between these two guys and the rest of the field next week in Atlanta!