Rahm Surges From Seven Back to Win Sentry Tournament of Champions
Don’t call it a comeback – call it a ‘miracle.’
At least according to 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions winner Jon Rahm. The Ryder Cup Europe standout used an epic final-round 63 to overcome a seven-shot deficit and win by two in Maui, picking up his third victory in six starts.
We're going to need a small miracle
“I'm like, we're going to need a small miracle,” Rahm said, recounting the day. “After bogeying 1, I was going to need somewhat of a larger miracle. It goes to say, you just got to do the little things properly.”
There wasn’t much Rahm wasn’t doing properly Sunday, going 32-31 on the front and back nines, respectively, highlighted by a birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle stretch that rocketed him up the leaderboard, past the U.S.A.’s Collin Morikawa.
Morikawa, who clinched the deciding 2020 Ryder Cup point in a standout rookie debut, was bogeyless through 67 holes before three straight back-nine bogeys derailed his day. He would go on to finish solo second at 25-under, two strokes ahead of Max Homa and Tom Hoge in a tie for third.
For Morikawa, the week showed promise, despite the disappointing result.
“I can finally say it's not back to the drawing board after this week, it's really just figure out the small little things.”
In the first U.S. Ranking update of 2023, Scottie Scheffler retained the No. 1 spot, followed by Will Zalatoris and Justin Thomas in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Morikawa jumped two spots, from 6th to 4th, while Homa and Hoge moved to 7th and 8th, respectively.
U.S. Team Captain Zach Johnson first announced the 2023 qualifying structure last year. Points in 2023 are awarded as follows:
- 1 point per $1,000 earned at regular PGA Tour events beginning January 1, including the Zurich Classic and WGC events, through the BMW Championship (August 20)
- 2 points per $1,000 earned for winner of the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open
- 1.5 points per $1,000 earned for all others that make the cut at the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Open
- No points available at PGA Tour opposite-field events
Points qualification will conclude immediately after the second FedEx Cup Play-Off event (BMW Championship) on August 20, 2023, with the top six eligible players on the points list securing spots on the U.S. Team.
The six remaining slots on the U.S. Team will be Captain’s Selections and will be announced by Johnson following the 2023 Tour Championship.
For a full list of the Top 100 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, click here.