“That stretch of waiting for DJ, him making the putt, going in the playoff, me making the putt, then trying to stay mentally in it just in case he made the last putt. It’s been a rollercoaster, but so much fun.”
Down to the wire
Sitting on six over after the opening two rounds, not many would have had Rahm down as a contender for the title at Olympia Fields.
But a bogey-free final round 64 meant he led on four under when he finished on Sunday. And Rahm was praying that the penalty wouldn’t come back to haunt him.
And it looked like that mistake could be his undoing. Johnson — who was going for back-to-back wins after his victory at the Northern Trust last weekend — set up a grand-stand finale with Rahm, rolling in a huge 43-putt birdie to tie the scores.
However, the world No.1 was to be one-upped by Rahm in the putting department, as the Spaniard’s winding 66-footer eventually dropped in to secure his second PGA Tour title in 2020.
And although he was pipped to the BMW Championship title, Johnson had to tip his hat to Rahm’s monster putt.
The top 30 players qualified for the season’s finale in Atlanta. Rahm’s win in Illinois raises him to second in the standings, with American Justin Thomas in third.