Jon Rahm knocked off Andrew Landry in a four-hole playoff by one stroke to win the CareerBuilder Challenge by one stroke on Sunday in La Quinta, California.
It’s Rahm’s second PGA title in his short career and his fourth career win overall. All four have come in a 357-day span between January 29, 2017 and today. With the victory, he bypasses Jordan Spieth to become the new No. 2 golfer in the world. Spieth now looks like the elder statesman: Rahm won’t turn 24 until November.
“It’s hard to believe, to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth, three-time major champion,” Rahm said. “I only have two wins and he’s got 10-plus, right? I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm was two strokes off the lead entering the final round, which saw Day Three leader Austin Cook crash and burn with a final-round 75 to wind up tied for 14th.
Rahm shot a 67 and Landry a 68 to wind up tied for the lead after 72 holes. Martin Piller, John Huh and Adam Hadwin tied for third at 20-under. Landry birdied 18 to force the tie, making up for a bogey on #6.
Rahm did not have a single bogey in the round. In the extra frame, both men recorded pars on the first three holes, playing #18 twice then #10. Rahm birdied #18 on the fourth hole while Landry could only muster another par.
“It’s been a fighting day,” Rahm said. “I’ve been a ball-striking clinic most of the week and in the playoff I was just not making the putts. I just got fortunate that none of us really made any and I was able to make the one that mattered. But then again, it was really supreme ball-striking on my part today. Especially, on the back nine, I hit the ball as good as I can.”