SAN DIEGO – On a day in which there were more lead changes than a NASCAR race, Jon Rahm passed the front-runners on the final straightaway and roared across the finish line Sunday to win the Farmers Insurance Open for his first PGA Tour victory.
Rahm, the Pac-12 champion at Arizona State a year ago, played the final six holes at Torrey Pines South in 5-under par – with a tying eagle on No. 13, a go-ahead birdie on No. 17 and a spectacular clinching eagle on No. 18 – to lap the compressed field by three shots.
When his delicate 60-foot putt trickled down the steeply sloped green and dropped in the right side of the cup for an eagle 3 on the par-5 closing hole, Rahm celebrated with two uppercut fist-pumps, a primal scream and a chest-bump with his caddie as the greenside gallery erupted in thunderous applause that lasted for a full minute.
“The last six feet…