Jon Rahm won the Memorial Tournament and moved to world number one for the first time in his career. Rahm gets to the top spot in the ranking a little more than four years after turning pro – the third-fastest a player has got to the top spot after becoming a professional. Only Tiger Woods (290 days) and Jordan Spieth (2 years, 245 days) got there in less time.
Rahm joins Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach the top spot since the ranking began in 1986. Rahm is the tenth different European player to hold the title, and the 24th player overall.
Scoring conditions were extremely difficult Sunday, as the field averaged 75.96 strokes. It was the highest final round scoring average at the Memorial Tournament since 1978, and the highest in any round at Muirfield Village since the opening round in 1990.
Rahm was outstanding from tee to green this week, gaining 15.5 strokes on the field. His 3.87 strokes gained tee to green per round this week not only led the field but were the most in a single event in his PGA Tour career.
Ryan Palmer – who’s last PGA Tour win was in the Zurich Classic, teamed with Rahm – finished runner-up. The second place result was enough to qualify Palmer for the U.S. Open later this year at Winged Foot. Mackenzie Hughes, who tied for sixth, also got a spot in the U.S. Open this week.
Tiger Woods made the cut on the number Friday to keep his streak alive: he’s never missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament in 18 career appearances. Woods tied for 40th, but his approach play was strong all week: he ranked fifth in the field in strokes gained approach.
Only one player at Muirfield Village broke 70 on Sunday – Matthew Fitzpatrick, who closed with 68. Fitzpatrick ranked in the top-five in the field Sunday in strokes gained approach, tee to green and putting.
Jason Day finished tied for fourth, his second consecutive top-ten finish on the PGA Tour. It’s the first time the former world number one has had back-to-back top tens in 18 months.
The PGA Tour shifts to Minnesota next week for the 3M Open. Matthew Wolff won there last year at just 20 years old, becoming the second-youngest to claim victory on the tour over the last 80 years. Only Jordan Spieth (age 19) at the 2013 John Deere Classic was younger.
The European Tour begins the ‘UK Swing’ this week with the British Masters. The tournament begins a run of six straight events held in England and Wales, capped off by the UK Championship at the Belfry August 27-30. Lee Westwood hosts this week’s tournament; his 25 career European Tour titles are second-most by an Englishman (Nick Faldo has 30).