Farmers Insurance Open: Thoughts

It’s always fun to see a young prodigy break through so quickly to earn his first PGA Tour win.  As is evident by now, winning on Tour is very hard and often takes a while to learn.  Another young future star, Patrick Rodgers, couldn’t hold his 54 hole lead, and looked like the pressure to earn that first win had gotten to him.  Getting those reps near the top of the leaderboard will only help, as Rahm mentioned to Dottie Pepper after his win.  He noted that he played a little too safe when in contention last year at the Quicken Loans National and RBC Canadian Open, and knew that in the final round at Torrey he need to specifically putt more aggressively if he needed to win.

A quick note on Rahm’s win at such an early stage in his career.  With so many young players getting wins in the past few years, it’s easy to lose context of how impressive this is.  For comparison, here’s how many Tour events it took for some of the other young stars to notch their first win:

  • Rickie Fowler: 71
  • Jason Day: 66
  • Justin Thomas: 40
  • Patrick Reed: 35
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 22
  • Brooks Koepka: 21
  • Jordan Spieth: 17
  • Rory McIlroy: 16
  • Jon Rahm: 13

Of course, other players like Russell Henley and Jhonattan Vegas won very early and have yet to become stars.  But, given Rahm’s other results and his ability to finish his final 9 in 30 on a very tough course, it’s hard not to imagine an incredible future for this kid.