Rahm and Palmer win PGA's team event

The team of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer has won the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic while Australian Curtis Luck and his partner Hank Lebioda finished tied for fifth.

29-Apr-2019 By Australian Associated Press
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The duo Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer made an odd pairing but proved a perfect match in teaming up to win the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic by three strokes.

Spaniard Rahm and American Palmer carded an assured final-round three-under-par 69 in the unforgiving alternate shot foursomes format in demanding conditions on the bone-dry TPC Louisiana layout.

They finished at 26-under 262, while the team of Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood jumped into second place with an excellent 68.

It is the third PGA Tour victory for 24-year-old Rahm, and the fourth for 42-year-old Palmer, who ended a nine-year drought.

Australian Curtis Luck had his best finish on the PGA Tour as he paired with rookie Hank Lebioda to finish in a four-way tie for fifth at 20 under after a final round 71.

The 22-year-old Luck recorded his first top 10 to collect a cheque of $163,338 ($A299,642), which will go a long way to securing his status on the lucrative main tour.

Separated by 18 years - Rahm a fiery Spaniard and Palmer a laid-back Texan - would seem an unlikely pair, but the American could hardly have made a better choice when he asked the world No.11 to partner him.

"It's very special for Ryan and I'm really excited to share it with him," Rahm said in a greenside interview as Palmer teared up.

"He definitely earned it today. He's a great guy and I couldn't be prouder. He played a lot of good golf today."

Palmer played well early on, while Rahm clicked into gear on the back nine, sinking a 13-foot birdie putt at the 10th hole that prompted a round of applause from his partner.

Palmer returned the favour by coaxing in a seven-foot par-saver at the next and they were never headed after that.

"My putting was there today,"

"Man, what a day," Palmer said.

"It's so fun when you're playing with a guy who can hit it as good as he (Rahm) does and when I hit it as well as I can, it makes for a lot of fun golf."

Rahm and Palmer are both credited with an official victory but do not get any world ranking points due to the team format.


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