‘Tough Pill To Swallow’: Jon Rahm Left Extremely Disappointed Despite Maiden Team Win

Published 02/04/2024, 10:00 PM EST

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A bittersweet ending to Jon Rahm‘s first-ever LIV Golf outing. Though the Spaniard emerged as a successful leader, he, unfortunately, missed an incredible chance at his solo LIV Golf debut victory. The 29-year-old was in the top three for all three days; however, he could not capitalize on the final round as he made two grave mistakes and ended the individual game with two bogeys.

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Rahmbo was truly disappointed with how he had played over the last 18 holes. Rahm could have done the unimaginable at Mayakoba greens, but it was Joaquin Niemann’s turn to claim the glory, which left the two-time major winner with a “tough pill to swallow.”

Jon Rahm met with two obstacles on the final day

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After the two rounds, Jon Rahm was second on the leaderboard. The 11-time PGA Tour winner has not made a single hazard over his 36-hole play, and he was looking forward to carding his first LIV Golf win on a sunny day at Mayakoba. However, the start of Rahm’s round was ordinary. The Spaniard made several attempts at birdies on the first nine but only one was fruitful at the 7th hole.

For the next five holes, Rahm made par and then followed with three consecutive birdies from 13th to 15th. However, the fall came when his ball met the fairway hazard at 17th. Moreover, on the 18th hole, his ball was in the bunker and up for another bogey. He ended the game with a bogey-bogey finish and was tied for third on the leaderboard along with Dean Burmester.

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“After this bad finish, I need about five minutes,” said Rahm as Flushing it Golf posted on X. Missing out on his 21st career win, Rahm was left feeling disheartened by his performance. He said, “I’m very disappointed in myself, the only time I hit hazard all week is 17th. So yeah it’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Although the Spaniard was upset with his performance, he was encouraged by how his team performed. Legion XIII had a massive lead over other teams. While he might have missed out on the individual title, his team compensated for it by winning the team event.

Captain Rahm appreciates his team’s effort for the win

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It was a tough day for Jon Rahm, but not for his team, which included him, Tyrell Hatton, Kieran Vincent, and Caleb Surratt. Legion XIII ended up with 24 under and has a four-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC. Despite his loss at El Camaleon, Rahm was extremely proud of his team.

The captain said, “I’m very proud of my team.” Rahm was getting encouragement from his team’s performance when they took the lead and everyone chipped in better scores. He pointed out how his team is fairly new and was assembled just two days before the event. “This team was just assembled on Monday,” said Rahm. Even then, they came in and “made an impact.”

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Furthermore, the captain gave out a clear warning that they had shown today what they were capable of and said, “I think everybody knows we are a force to be reckoned with.” At their first event at the LIV Golf season opener, the team will be enjoying a fair share of $3 million as the winner of LIV Golf Mayakoba and will come back to Las Vegas in a matter of two days.

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