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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:35:07 PDT

Mar 26, 2017; Austin, TX, USA; Jon Rahm of Spain lost to Dustin Johnson of the United States in the final round of the World Golf Classic - Dell Match Play golf tournament  at Austin Country Club. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Jon Rahm blamed a loud noise, reported as a slamming portable toilet door, for a poor chip shot at the final hole that cost him a chance of forcing extra holes in his final against Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Sunday. Rahm was just starting his backswing for the 80-foot shot at Austin Country Club in Texas when a sudden noise reverberated across the green. “That’s absolutely why I missed it,” Rahm told Golf Channel, referring to the noise, which NBC television said was a portable toilet door banging.


Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:18:30 PDT

Jon Rahm, of Spain, reacts after his putt rolled off the green on the seventh hole during the final round of play against Dustin Johnson at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Dustin Johnson has been around long enough to realize he's not going to win every golf tournament he plays. In the longest week of the year - seven matches over five days - and one of the toughest tournaments to win because match play is so unpredictable, Johnson delivered the outcome everyone expected Sunday at Austin Country Club. The final act was to hold off a remarkable charge by Jon Rahm, a 22-year-old Spanish rookie who never saw a shot that scared him.


Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:10:31 PDT
(Reuters) - South Korean Lee Mi-rim turned a close Kia Classic into a procession, charging clear for a six-stroke victory in Carslbad, California on Sunday. Starting the day one-stroke in front, Lee birdied all five odd-numbered holes on the front nine en route to a seven-under-par 65 on the Aviara course. "It’s been a long time to be winner of the tournament,” Lee told reporters via a translator after clinching her third LPGA victory at the age of 26.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:20:14 PDT
Jon Rahm blamed a loud noise, reported as a slamming portable toilet door, for a poor chip shot at the final hole that cost him a chance of forcing extra holes in his final against Dustin Johnson at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Sunday. Rahm was just starting his backswing for the 80-foot shot at Austin Country Club in Texas when a sudden noise reverberated across the green. “That’s absolutely why I missed it,” Rahm told Golf Channel, referring to the noise, which NBC television said was a portable toilet door banging.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:13:42 PDT

Mirim Lee, of South Korea, watches her tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Kia Classic LPGA golf tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Mirim Lee took the lead into the final round of the Kia Classic two years ago and was overhauled by Cristie Kerr, who won with a tournament record of 20-under. Lee had the 54-hole lead again this year, and she wasn't about to let anyone catch her. Lee, of South Korea, shot a 7-under 65 to win by six strokes Sunday and tie Kerr's tournament record.


Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:11:36 PDT

Dustin Johnson waves to the gallery after a birdie putt on the sixth hole during semifinal play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin County Club, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The final day lasted longer than Dustin Johnson wanted. Johnson, a golfing machine with no discernible weakness and hardly any pulse, won the Dell Technologies Match Play on Sunday for his third straight victory, this one making him the first person to sweep the four World Golf Championships. Johnson was taken to the 18th hole in the semifinal before making an 8-foot putt to beat Hideto Tanihara, and then Jon Rahm rallied from 5 down with 10 holes to play until his fearless charge fell short on the final hole.



 

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