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