PGA TOUR

Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm team to win Zurich Classic


(AP) — Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm shot a 3-under 69 in the alternate-shot final round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday to win the PGA Tour's only team event by three strokes over Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood.


Having last won in 2010 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Palmer waved and gave a thumbs-up to TV cameras as he walked up the 18th fairway with a throng of fans applauding his and Rahm's impending triumph.


Palmer-Rahm finished with a 26-under 262 total at the TPC Louisiana, which had dried out considerably since heavy rain delayed the first round by more than seven hours and forced many players to play more than 18 holes on Friday and Saturday to get the event back on schedule.


Three days of sunshine made the greens increasingly faster, and a number of players struggled to adjust on Sunday, regularly rolling putts several feet past the hole.


One hole later, Rahm's psyche appeared fully restored as bounced a 71-yard chip off the flag on 13 to set up Palmer's short birdie putt.


Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, arguably the most popular player on the course, playing a three-hours' drive from his native Bagdad, Florida, appeared primed to make a run with partner J.B. Holmes after they'd birdied the fourth, seventh and eighth holes to move to 20 under.






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