Jon Rahm finishes fifth in the Jeddah LIV '24

The LIV Golf event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, came to a close this Sunday

by Andrea Gussoni
Jon Rahm finishes fifth in the Jeddah LIV '24
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The LIV Golf event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, came to a close this Sunday. Jon Rahm, who finished fifth, was unable to contend for victory, which was claimed by the Chilean Joaquín Niemann. Sergio García and David Puig finished fifteenth, while Eugenio López-Chacarra ended up forty-eighth.

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Niemann, entering the final round with a two-shot lead over Charl Schwartzel, not only maintained his advantage but extended it to four strokes, finishing at -17 over the three rounds of the tournament.

He surpassed Schwartzel and the South African Louis Oosthuizen, who both finished at -13. Bryson DeChambeau, following a strong final round, secured fourth place at -12, with Rahm trailing at -11. The Barrika native started his round trying to make up ground from the four shots that separated him from Niemann after the third round.

He began strongly, with four birdies and two bogeys throughout the day, but his efforts were insufficient to challenge for the individual victory. Rahm adds a fifth-place finish to his third place in Mayakoba and eighth in Las Vegas in his first three events in the LIV.

Rahm teed off from the second hole and struggled with his putting. However, he compensated with strong long game performances on the third and fourth holes, securing consecutive birdies, the latter after a long putt for eagle.

He gained another stroke on the seventh hole with a great approach shot. However, Rahm faced difficulty finding good positions on the green thereafter. This was evident on the tenth hole, where he struggled with his putting for par, and on the twelfth hole, where he failed to make a good chip and subsequently missed the par putt.

With those two bogeys, Rahm unsuccessfully attempted to regain ground in the later stages of his round. However, his putting failed to deliver, resulting in numerous pars. At least until the eighteenth hole, another par 5 where he had a long putt for eagle, which he converted into a birdie.

Jon closed his round with another par on the first hole, bidding farewell to the tournament without a chance of victory. Sergio García and David Puig progressed into the top fifteen, finishing in that crowded position.

García excelled in the final round, with a -5 compared to the course par, signing off with seven birdies and two bogeys, achieving a total score of -7. Puig also finished with a -3 on the final day. Despite six birdies, a bogey, and a double bogey on the twelfth hole, his efforts didn't yield further rewards.

Further back, in forty-eighth place, Eugenio López-Chacarra had a challenging day with two birdies and four bogeys, concluding the Spanish presence on a day where none of the national golfers could contend for victory.

The victory belonged to Niemann, who remained steady after his impressive performances in the preceding days. He secured five birdies and just one bogey, comfortably defeating Oosthuizen (who had five birdies and two bogeys in the final round) and Schwartzel (with three birdies and one bogey).

Bryson DeChambeau, who had an exceptional final day with an eagle and six birdies, fell just short, finishing five strokes behind the champion. Niemann has started the LIV season strongly, having also won the opening event at Mayakoba.

In the team competition, Jon Rahm's Legion XIII emerged victorious, with Tyrrell Hatton, Caleb Surratt, and Kieran Vincent as team members.

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