Jon Rahm rallies from seven strokes back for big win in Hawaii

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The Spaniard recovered from a bogey on the first with eight birdies in the next 13 holes before holing from 12 feet for an eagle on the par-five 15th.
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January 9, 2023
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Jon Rahm overturned a seven-shot deficit to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions (Matt York/AP)

Jon Rahm amazingly overturned a seven-shot deficit, with a significant helping hand from Collin Morikawa, to claim a remarkable victory in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Morikawa began the day with a six-shot lead and was seven clear after covering the first six holes in three under par, but would not make another birdie until the 18th and gradually saw his advantage whittled away at Kapalua.

Rahm, who shot 33 under par in finishing runner-up to Cameron Smith last year, recovered from a bogey on the first with eight birdies in the next 13 holes and then holed from 12 feet for an eagle on the par-five 15th.

That took the former world number one to within one of the lead and moments later he was tied, Morikawa thinning a bunker shot on the 14th across the green to drop his first shot of the entire week.

Morikawa, who squandered a five-shot lead and the chance to become world number one in the final round of the Hero World Challenge in December 2021, was understandably feeling the pressure and duffed his pitch to the par-five 15th to card a second consecutive bogey.

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Spinning his approach to the 16th off the front of the green cost Morikawa a third straight bogey and Rahm’s birdie on the 18th effectively sealed victory thanks to a stunning closing 63.

At 27 under par Rahm finished two shots ahead of Morikawa, whose birdie on the 18th completed a final round of 72.

“If you told me at the beginning of the round, after that bogey, I was going to do what I did I don’t know if I would have believed you,” Rahm told NBC.

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Jon Rahm walks across the 10th green during the final round of the Tournament of Champions (Matt York/AP)

“But at that point it’s not like winning is really that in mind, you’ve just got to get to work and start making birdies and that’s what I did.

“On 15 is when it truly became reality, when I had that putt to get within one shot and knowing how good I was playing, 16 and 18 are good birdie options.

“That putt went in and then on 17 I couldn’t believe it when I missed the green and we had a one-shot lead. It took quite an effort to just settle myself down and change my mindset.”

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Jon Rahm-2764716763265
2Collin Morikawa-2564666572267
T3Tom Hoge-2366716864269
T3Max Homa-2370706366269
T5Tom Kim-2265696868270
T5J.J. Spaun-2264686969270
T7Tony Finau-2167696966271
T7K.H. Lee-2168696767271
T7Scottie Scheffler-2166666970271
T7Matt Fitzpatrick-2166696670271
T11Will Zalatoris-2069696965272
T11Luke List-2071657066272
T13Cameron Young-1970706964273
T13Jordan Spieth-1967667169273
T13Sungjae Im-1966726570273
T16Patrick Cantlay-1870706668274
T16Brian Harman-1868696770274
T18Viktor Hovland-1767727066275
T18Corey Conners-1768687267275
T18Aaron Wise-1766707069275
T21Mackenzie Hughes-1666747165276
T21Sepp Straka-1671706867276
T21J.T. Poston-1668696871276
T21Hideki Matsuyama-1667706772276
T25Seamus Power-1568697070277
T25Justin Thomas-1570706770277
T25Scott Stallings-1567726870277
28Trey Mullinax-1469707069278
29Adam Scott-1370687269279
T30Billy Horschel-1276716469280
T30Russell Henley-1269707170280
32Sam Burns-1170756769281
33Sahith Theegala-1067717272282
34Keegan Bradley-970707370283
T35Chez Reavie-771737368285
T35Ryan Brehm-768716878285
37Adam Svensson-571707868287
38Chad Ramey-271767271290
W/DXander SchauffeleE7032--102
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Sentry Tournament of Champions 2023

Date: January 5th - 8th 2023

Location: Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Purse: $15,000,000

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