Winner’s Circle: Rahm, Palmer Team Up For Victory at Zurich Classic

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer Win Zurich Classic
Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer celebrate after winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on Apr 28, 2019 in Avondale, LA. Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer teamed up for a final-round 69 to claim victory at the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Rahm and Palmer entered Sunday’s finale at TPC Louisiana with a share of the lead alongside Trey Mullinax and Scott Stallings, but after the first hole (a bogey by Mullinax/Stallings) it was their tournament to lose.

For the day, the duo carded four birdies, including three in a five-hole stretch to reach 26-under par which sealed a three-shot victory .

It was the third career win for the 24-year old superstar Rahm, and the fourth title for the 42-year old veteran Palmer – but his first in over nine years. The victory was far more important to Palmer, especially at this stage of his career, as it comes with a two-year PGA Tour exemption, all the way through the 2021 season.


PRO-FILE

Jon Rahm

Nationality: Spain
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 181 lb
Birthdate: Nov. 10, 1994 (age 24)
Native: Barrika, Spain
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
College: Arizona State

Ryan Palmer

Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 175 lb
Birthdate: Sep. 19, 1976 (age 42)
Native: Amarillo, Texas
Residence: Colleyville, Texas
College: Texas A&M


FINAL SCORES

Pos-Team-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Rahm / Palmer -26 (-3)
2. Garcia / Fleetwood -23 (-4)
3. Lee / Every -21 (-4)
3. Gay / Sabbatini -21 (-1)
5. Power / Hearn -20 (-4)
5. Castro/ Tringale -20 (-4)
5. Kisner / Brown -20 (-3)
5. Lebioda / Luck -20 (-1)


ROUND BY ROUND

Round 1

1. Gay/Sabbatini -12
14. Rahm / Palmer -8

Round 2

1. Rahm / Palmer -15 (-7)
2. Malnati / Hurley -14 (-5)

Round 3

1. Stallings / Mullinax -23 (-10)
1. Rahm / Palmer -23 (-8)

Round 4

1. Rahm / Palmer -26 (-3)
2.Garcia / Fleetwood -23 (-4)


2018-19 PGA TOUR SEASON

Jon Rahm

Starts: 12
Cuts Made: 12
Wins: 1 (Zurich Classic)
Top 10s: 8
Money: $3,075,538 (7th)
Points: 1136 (7th)
World Rank: 11th

Ryan Palmer

Starts: 12
Cuts Made: 8
Wins: 1 (Zurich Classic)
Top 10s: 4
Money: $2,338,840 (18th)
Points: 876 (18th)
World Rank: 70th


CAREER VICTORIES

Jon Rahm

PGA Tour: 3
2019 Zurich Classic
2018 CareerBuilder Challenge
2017 Farmers Insurance Open
European Tour: 3
2018 Open de Espana
2017 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai
2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Ryan Palmer

PGA Tour: 4
2019 Zurich Classic
2010 Sony Open
2008 Ginn sur Mer Classic
2004 Funai Classic


MONEY

With his win, Rahm and Palmer each earned $1,051,200 and 400 FedExCup points. Rahm moves from 23rd to No. 7 in the PGA Tour’s points standings, while Palmer jumps to 18th (from 50th).


FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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