Sometimes, if we’re lucky, the man and the moment collide on the 72nd hole, producing transcendence. Think Seve at St Andrews or Tiger at Torrey or Phil at Augusta. Time will tell if Jon Rahm deserves to share the same sentence as those legends.
At the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour, that meant a new driver shaft and wedge grind for Adam Scott, a putter switch for Jon Rahm and Lefty doing Lefty things. On the European Tour, Paul Casey had a new driver in the bag for his win in Dubai.
Casey was openly emotional in the immediate aftermath of a victory that will provide a boost to his prospects of making a fourth Ryder Cup appearance and, if the games happen, an Olympic debut in British colours.
The long-time swing instructor watched with great satisfaction from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, as his top pupil, Paul Casey, carved up the rain-softened course with a bogey-free, seven-under-par 65.
One by one, players made their way into the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass on Friday morning. Many arrived dressed in shorts and t-shirts or hoodies and thongs, to pack their bags, uncertain of what lay ahead