Simi Valley, Calif.—In a nail-biting finish, Jon Rahm took home the individual title at the Bill Cullum Invitational on Tuesday.
The junior set a tournament record with his 13-under 203 (67-67-69), breaking his previous record of 204 when he won the title in 2012.
The final round went down to the wire as Rahm and Southern California’s Rico Hoey jockeyed for position on the player leader board.
It came down to the 18th hole, which Hoey eagled to finish at 12-under. Tied for first with Hoey, Rahm headed into the final hole of the tournament. Calm and composed, Rahm gutted out the win, carding a birdie to finish at 13-under.
“Anytime we have a guy win individually, we are going to be near the top of the leaderboard as a team,” said ASU head coach Tim Mickelson. “This week Jon gave us a chance to win as a team while he won as an individual.”
Although the Trojans took home the team title on Tuesday with a 31-under 833, the Sun Devils finished in second place with a 20-under 844 (279-278-287). Seventeen strokes separated Arizona State from the rest of the field.
“The goal is always to win,” said Mickelson. “Even though we didn’t come up with the win this time, we are gaining valuable experience that will pay off in dividends at the end of the season.”
Junior Max Rottluff also finished in the top 10. With a 5-under 211 (67-71-73), Rottluff tied for seventh overall. Freshman Tobias Eden, who was in the top 10 heading into the home stretch, carded a triple bogey and slipped back to 15th. Through 54 holes, Eden was 3-under 213 (71-70-72).
Next up, the Sun Devils head to Hawaii to compete in the Makai Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. The event will be held at the St. Regis Princeville Resort, Nov. 3-5, in Princeville, Hawaii.
Sun Devils’ Rahm takes title at Bill Cullum Invitational
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