What a finish to the BMW Championship. Jon Rahm took a 1 stroke lead into the clubhouse with Dustin Johnson right behind him. On the 18th hole, DJ put his drive into the right rough. His approach shot to the green finished 43 feet behind the pin. Painstakingly, DJ looked at the line from every angle imaginary. He had to navigate a ridge with a double break putt. It was only a 7% change of going in according to the stats posted. His putt tracked perfectly and hit the flag stick dead on and dropped in the hole for the birdie. Rahm was on the driving range staying loose and could hear the volunteers cheer.
Now on to the first playoff hole (the 18th again). Rahm won the honors. His tee shot found the right rough. DJ’s tee shot hit a tree on the left and bounced back into the fairway. DJ was away so his approach shot went to the center of the green some 30 feet to the left of the flag. Rahm’s approach shot also went toward the center of the green but ran out to around 66 feet left and past the flag. Rahm’s putt went far left of the flag over the ridge and down heading towards the hole. The ball it the flag stick dead on and dropped in for the birdie. Now it was up to DJ to drop another bomb. This time, he wasn’t up to the task as his putt ended up just short and to the right of the hole. Rahm is now the BMW Championship winner.
Earlier in the week, the Senior Tour held their Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. It marked Phil Mickelson’s first Senior Event and what a showing he put on. He posted a 61 on day 1 for the lead and never looked back as he ran away with the tournament.
Over in England, the European Tour was playing the UK Championship. Rasmus Hojgaard notched his 2nd Tour victory bu nudging out Sam Horsfield.
The LPGA was at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Austin Ernst took the title for her 2nd win on Tour.