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Rahm Wins US PGA American Express Tourney; Perez Claim Abu Dhabi Crown

Rahm Wins US PGA American Express: Spanish golfer Jon Rahm picked up his second-straight US Professional Golfers Association Tour title by winning the American Express tournament on Sunday at the Stadium Course in La Quinta, California. The 28-year-old Rahm shot a four-under-par 68 for a 72-hole aggregate of 27-under-par 261 to take home the title. The former world number one edged rookie Davis Thompson, who carded a three-under 69 for a total of 26-under 262. Rahm struck five birdies in an eventful round at the course where he overcame a difficult day on the greens.

Rahm Wins US PGA American Express: Back-to-back Birdies Set the Tone

The Spaniard led much of the day as he broke from a tie with Thompson after sinking back-to-back birdies in the first and second holes. He rolled in two more birdies on the ninth and 11th to hold on to the lead. A bogey on the 13th tied him with Thompson for the lead but he regained the edge with a birdie on the par-five 16th. He held his nerve on the final two holes to seal the victory and earned USD1.44 million. It was the second title for Rahm this year and it came two weeks after winning the Tournament of Champions. He is again showing his form that led him to the World No1 ranking in 2020, which is great for sports betting aficionados that count on Rahm in every golf event he is participating in.

Schauffele, Kirk Share 3rd; Scheffler in Joint 11th

Xander Schauffele and Chris Kirk finished third on 263. Schauffele shot a 62 in the final round, which included an albatross at the par-five fifth hole where his second shot went in from 225 yards out in the fairway. Kirk ended with a 64. Taylor Montgomery was a shot further after shooting a 66. Five golfers – Tom Kim (67), J.T. Poston (68), Erik van Rooyen (62), Matthias Schmid (64) and Robby Shelton (66) – shared sixth place at 265. World No2 Scottie Scheffler shot a 65 in the fourth round to finish joint 11th at 266. The reigning Masters champion needed to place ninth or better to dislodge Rory McIlroy at World No1.

Perez Holds off Lee to Win Abu Dhabi Crown

French golfer Victor Perez held off Australian Min Woo Lee to take home the Abu Dhabi Championship crown on Sunday. The 30-year-old golfer shot a six-under-par 66 for a four-round aggregate of 18-under 270. He was at 19-under approaching the last hole after sinking a bunker shot in the par-three 17th hole. But in the 18th hole, he dropped a shot back to close with a 66 at the Yas Links Abu Dhabi. The Australian Lee settled for a 68 to finish in a tie for second place with Sebastian Soderberg (67) of Sweden. Lee had two chances of winning the tournament but in the 17th hole, he shot a bogey when he scuttled a five-foot par putt. He had another opportunity in the 18th hole but he missed an eagle putt that could have forced a playoff. 

Padraig Harrington finished fourth at 16-under par as he made seven birdies after starting the round with a bogey. It was Perez’s third win on the European Tour in 91 starts. The victory moved him to the top of the Tour rankings with 1,335 points. He is likely to move up to 60th place from 117th. The European Tour will move to Dubai this week for the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club. World No1 Rory McIlroy is slated to play in the event and is favored by experts reporting on 2023 golf picks and parlays to take home the title.