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PGA Tour Star Overrules Caddie, Loses Players Championship

Alex Myers discusses Jon Rahm’s questionable decision that literally sunk his chances at TPC Sawgrass, and the animated conversation that could have prevented it.

Released on 3/18/2019

Transcript

00:00
So Rory McIlroy won the 2019 Players Championship
00:03
but it was Jon Rahm who had the lasting highlight
00:05
from golf's unofficial fifth major,
00:07
and it wasn't a good one.
00:09
Sure the Spaniard became the latest victim
00:11
of TPC Sawgrass' infamous 17th hole
00:14
but he really lost the tournament with another water ball
00:16
about 90 minutes before.
00:18
Cue the dramatic new Players Championship theme music!
00:21
[techno orchestra remix music]
00:30
Sorry that is my jam right now!
00:33
Where were we?
00:34
Oh right, Rahm.
00:35
Still tied for the lead on the par five 11th,
00:37
Rahm was faced with a 220 yard shot
00:40
from a fairway bunker that required him
00:42
to hook his golf ball around some trees
00:44
and over a huge pond.
00:46
In other words, the choice to lay up on his second shot
00:48
was obvious, to everyone, except him.
00:52
In a riveting on-course conversation capture
00:54
by NBC's cameras, Rahm's caddie, Adam Hayes,
00:57
pleaded with his boss not to go for the hero shot.
01:00
He pointed to where he should hit it, he called him bro,
01:02
and to his credit he changed his tune once Rahm's mind
01:05
was made up because as a caddie you've got
01:07
to at least pretend you're confident
01:08
your player can pull off a shot.
01:10
Of course, what Rahm didn't see as he set up
01:12
for the disastrous shot, was the head shake Hayes gave.
01:17
Classic.
01:18
Anyway, Rahm didn't come close to clearing the water,
01:21
had a mini tantrum, made bogey,
01:23
and never touched the lead again.
01:25
Hopefully he and Hayes made up
01:26
because after Rahm blamed a little bit of doubt
01:30
that crept into his head.
01:32
But again, everyone else from his caddie
01:34
to NBC's on-course reporter Roger Maltbie,
01:36
to fans watching at home had no doubt
01:39
about Rahm's reckless shot.
01:41
Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee even
01:43
called it the most baffling decision
01:45
in Players Championship history.
01:47
However, it's unclear if Brandel is aware
01:49
of the seven Players Championships in a row
01:51
in which I decided to eat dinner
01:53
at the same Chili's every night.
01:55
I love Chili's but it's a lot
01:56
of Cajun chicken pasta for one man.
01:59
Anyway, it's okay Jon,
02:01
you're still my pick to win the Masters,
02:03
and I appreciate you throwing everyone else off the scent
02:06
with that rough final round.
02:07
Also, at least this didn't happen at a real major.
02:11
Although that record breaking $ 2.25 billion winners check
02:15
and that 24 karat gold trophy Rory took home?
02:20
Those were very real.
02:21
[techno base music]
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