Rahm moves up to No. 2 in OWGR and FedExCup
AUSTIN, Texas – Jon Rahm, runner-up at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play a year ago, posted his second career PGA TOUR victory at the CareerBuilder Challenge, outlasting Austin resident Andrew Landry with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. The victory helped Rahm move up to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, which is used to seed the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, surpassing former Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth, who fell to No. 3. Rahm’s win also moved him to No. 2 in the FedExCup.
After Rahm’s move to No. 2, the defending champion and runner-up of the Dell Technologies Match Play are now ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the world with Dustin Johnson occupying the top spot and Rahm, 23, just one spot behind. In the finale at the Dell Technologies Match Play a year ago, Johnson and Rahm squared off with Johnson building a 4-up lead with six holes to play before the young Spaniard battled back with birdies to win three of the next five holes to send the match to the 18th hole. Johnson closed him out at the last to become the only player in World Golf Championships history to win the four WGC events over the course of a career.
With only eight weeks left to qualify for the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Landry advanced in his bid to move inside the top 64 in the Official World Golf Ranking to qualify for a spot in the field at his home event, jumping 82 spots up to No. 102 with the runner-up finish to Rahm. The 30-year-old Texas native forced a playoff with Rahm, who held the clubhouse lead at 22-under-par, by holing an 11-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. The runner-up was a career-best on the PGA TOUR. He has now finished inside the top 10 in three of his first seven starts on the PGA TOUR this season and currently sits 11th in the FedExCup standings.
The 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, the third of four World Golf Championships events during the 2017-18 season, returns to Austin Country Club on March 21-25, with a limited number of tickets still available. Tickets can be purchased at DellTechnologiesMatchPlay.com or by calling 844-868-7465. Tickets available include weekly grounds badges that grant access to the Austin Country Club grounds and all public venues, fan activations and bleachers. Additionally, ULTRA Club badges are available. The ULTRA Club, which is located on the 12th fairway, offers an enhanced venue to follow the action, with several televisions located throughout and open seating for guests to sit and mingle in a relaxed sports bar setting.
Those who purchased tickets are reminded that youth 18 and under will be admitted free all week when accompanied by a ticketed adult (one free youth ticket per each adult ticket will be available). This free ticket only applies for grounds tickets and not upgraded hospitality options.
The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is one of the most elite and exciting tournaments on golf’s calendar as one in a series of four World Golf Championships events sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour. The WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play field annually consists of the very best players from around the world from all Tours and traditionally features nearly all of the top 64 in the world.
Since its inception, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has generated more than $17 million for charity with the tournament announcing in early October that the 2017 edition raised over $1.1 million for five Austin-based charities.
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