SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Last week, Jon Rahm enjoyed watching Tiger Woods claim his 80th PGA Tour win. This week, he faced Woods in a pivotal Sunday singles match and very much enjoyed beating him.
Rahm missed a short par putt at No. 16 to let Woods back to 1 down with two holes to play. But he stuffed his approach shot at No. 17. When Woods’s birdie chip slid past the hole, Rahm had his putt to win. As the putt fell, he turned to the crowd and let the emotion pour out of him. You can see below.
The 23-year-old Spaniard spoke about the moment afterwards.
“It’s a lot going on for me right now, to be honest,” he said. “Memory of Seve [Ballesteros], many people. My grandfather, who would love to be here right now, who passed away at the PGA, was my biggest fan. A lot going through. And to beat Tiger, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, on the Sunday, with a pivotal point, I was so aware of it, it’s the best feeling of my life.
“The pride and humbleness I feel right now, it’s indescribable,” he said.
Rahm’s 2&1 win put Team Europe in solid position to win the Ryder Cup.