Will Zalatoris, the golfer who best embodies the American dream in the last five years, finally lifted a trophy on the PGA Tour by winning the St. Jude Championship in Memphis, beating Austrian Sepp Straka on the third playoff hole. It was the third playoff he had played this season, after losing two.
The Californian was helped by fortune, because his iron to the green of 11, the third section of the tiebreaker, seemed to be headed for water when the ball stopped after giving two bounces on the retaining wall before the abyss. (See results)
Zalatoris, a stem of 1.88, made their debut after overcoming the blow that the European golfer took from him and the resounding last day of J. Spaun, 78 strokes, on the last day, which condemned him to position 42 after having gone to bed on Saturday as leader.
The campen begins the final day with three consecutive birdies and added two more in the second nine holes, and a bogey on the 7th hole, to seal a victory that puts him ahead of the FedEx Cup and places him among the top 10 in the world ranking. “We have been close and to see that it was finally worth it has been incredible,” said Zalatoris, who was making his first caddy in this tournament, a circumstance that led him to prevent him from reading the putts on the first day until they got to know each other better.
While Cameron Smith, who could have been number 1 in the world in case of victory, he collapsed after receiving two penalty strokes for an incorrect action on the third day -coincidence that he will leave the PGA Tour-, Jon Rahm finished fifth, after 66 strokes, in a happy day for the Spanish . It was a tie with purple, as they also reached 11 under Adam Scott, Colin Morikawa, Toni Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick.
This time Jon found play on the greens and took fifth place which puts him in good position to face this week’s second FedEx Cup playoff.