Regardless of what the Official World Golf Ranking says, Jon Rahm has been the best player in the world for the past few months, with four victories in his past six starts and back-to-back titles to begin the new year.
However, Rahm’s bid for three straight wins came to an end on the front nine Saturday at Torrey Pines.
Starting the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open just two shots back of leader Sam Ryder and playing alongside Ryder in the final threesome, Rahm bogeyed his first hole before adding a costly double bogey at the par-4 fifth and going out in 3-over 39. A bogey to open his back nine then put Rahm six shots off the pace at 6 under, and he went on to shoot 2-over 74 and tie for seventh.
“I got a lot of bad breaks today,” Rahm said.
Rahm’s double came after he yanked his drive well left and then badly missed the green left with his approach shot.
But that wasn’t even the worst of it.
Rahm proceeded to hit not one but two chips heavy, leaving both in the rough. His third chip wasn’t great, either, though Rahm saved himself from carding triple by sinking a 9-footer.
But as one could imagine – and see, as Rahm at one point slapped his thigh in disgust – Rahm wasn’t too concerned with any silver lining.
“Anytime I was in the rough, I was just dead as could be,” Rahm said. “But I can guarantee you one thing, if you’re in the fairway, you don’t get bad breaks. Just have to play better. … I battled as hard as I could and the only thing that could have saved me was maybe making a couple putts and I couldn’t do that early on to get momentum going, right? Either way, I knew it would be a tough day. I knew a couple under probably would have had a chance, but I just didn’t have it.”