Former Sun Devil golfer and two-time Ben Hogan Award winner, Jon Rahm, continued his hot play on the PGA-Tour, winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with a final-round 65 on Sunday.
Controversy or not, @JonRahmpga played one heck of a final round at the @DDFIrishOpen. Highlights: https://t.co/MAc4eD8H4u pic.twitter.com/1vtCgtEuZ7— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 9, 2017
The victory came amidst controversy however, when he incorrectly replaced his ball on the sixth green on Friday, but he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the PGA later in his round.
For golf hardos: Jon Rahm marks to the side, moves it a putter head, moves it back, then places ball in front of marker. Penalty or no? pic.twitter.com/da5aJLwq29— HeavensBarstool (@HeavensHawkeye) July 9, 2017
The fact that Rahm wasn’t assessed a one-stroke penalty caused an uproar by fans on social media, and rightfully so. The former Sun Devil should have been given the penalty, but in the end it wouldn’t have mattered as he went on to win by six strokes.
Rahm used a tournament-record 24 under par and seven-under on Sunday, with a 150-foot hole-out for eagle on the fourth, to beat out Richie Ramsay and Mathew Southgate by six strokes. In all Rahm fired off two eagles and five birdies in his final round.
Rahm only turned professional in June of last year after graduating from ASU after winning two Ben Hogan Awards, as the country’s best collegiate golfer, and winning a NCAA individual title. However, Rahm has already made a name for himself on the tour, as he’s up to number-five in the Fed-Ex Cup World Golf Rankings.
Keep an eye on @JonRahmpga today. He enters the final round of the Irish Open tied for the lead. @EuropeanTour— Matt Thurmond (@MattThurmond) July 9, 2017
This is Rahm’s second professional win. He won the Farmers Insurance Open less than a month after turning pro.
Rahm has also made a name for himself on the tour for his demonstrative demeanor when things aren’t going his way. It wasn’t any different this weekend even though he was in the lead for most of the tournament. Rahm could be seen throwing clubs and yelling at his caddie at times.