Rahm and Palmer Win Zurich Classic PDF Print E-mail


Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm celebrate after winning the Zurich Classic

Avondale, Louisiana - 42 year old Ryan Palmer, winless on tour for the past

9 years and his partner 24 year old Jon Rahm captured the Zurich Classic of

New Orleans with rounds of 64-65-64-69 (26 under par total) for a 3 stroke

victory over Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia.


For Jon Rahm, it was his third win in 3 years on tour, and his seventh since

coming out of Arizona State as the best collegiate golfer. But it was Ryan Palmer

who stole the show on Sunday, making clutch putts with his relatively recent

change to the claw grip, but it hasn't always been so clutch on the greens for



Caddie James Edmonson (on Palmer's bag for the last 17 years) says that

Palmer "clearly had the yips" when things hit rock bottom a few years back.

Palmer won't quite say the word, but admitted "it was getting close to it".

By 2017, he had plummeted to 190th in putting on the PGA tour. The 2018

Farmers Insurance Open was the turning point, he finally started to see

some success with the new method - getting into a 3 way playoff, that Jason

Day eventually won. Recent success at the CJ Cup in Korea and a top 5 at the

Honda Classic were bringing confidence in the putting method. "I just kept

believing in what I was doing," Palmer said. "I knew my game was good



With the win Jon Rahm moves to 6th in the Fedex Cup standings, Palmer

moves up 31 spots from 50th to 19th.


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