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Sam Torrance: Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer’s triumph is a heartwarming tale

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Jon Rahm continued his rise at the weekend by winning the Zurich Classic and the heartwarming nature of his victory made it even better.

The Zurich Classic has been a team event since 2017 and the format makes it all the more enjoyable, with Rahm winning alongside partner Ryan Palmer in New Orleans.

The Spaniard and American made an unlikely duo and were only playing together because their regular partners, Wesley Bryan and Jordan Spieth, were unavailable.

Read more: Sam Torrance: Tiger silenced his doubters with Masters win

What a lovely coincidence it turned out to be. To see two guys come together and work so well was brilliant and highlighted how successful these kinds of events can be.

Rahm is a world-class player whos been in stellar form recently, finishing inside the top 10 for the seventh time this year, but the win marked a great turnaround for Palmer, whose last PGA Tour victory came nearly 10 years ago.

The 42-year-olds wife Jennifer suffered with breast cancer in 2016 and 2017 while he also changed his putting grip after struggling with a twitchy action on the greens which sent him from side the top 20 in the PGA Tour putting rankings to 190th.

It was great to see him and Rahm maintaining their form over the first three days to win on 26 under-par, ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia, who ensured a strong European presence in second.

Freewheeling golf

Ive always found team events the best of fun. With the pressure off its a chance to let go for a week.

With the rounds alternating between foursome and fourball theres plenty of strategy and ultimately its about gelling.

Rahm and Palmer gelled well over the weekend to win (Source: Getty)

For me foursomes – taking alternate shots – is the hardest format to play because youve got to look at the course beforehand and play to each others strengths. You often have to bail your partner out if they play a bad shot, but you just have to make the best of it and not apologise.

Fourballs – taking the better placed ball – is a lot more fun. You can play freewheeling golf and go for more difficult shots. Rahm and Palmer complimented each other well and were throughly deserving champions.

Joy for Campillo

Elsewhere I was absolutely delighted to see Jorge Campillo win the Trophee Hassan II tournament in Morocco. Hes a real gentleman and after such a long wait it was lovely to see one of the good guys win.

It was Campillos 229th European Tour match and his first victory and it came in a manner which will make it even sweeter for the Spaniard.

Having finished in second, second and third in the past four weeks on tour Read More – Source

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Sam Torrance: Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer’s triumph is a heartwarming tale

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Jon Rahm continued his rise at the weekend by winning the Zurich Classic and the heartwarming nature of his victory made it even better.

The Zurich Classic has been a team event since 2017 and the format makes it all the more enjoyable, with Rahm winning alongside partner Ryan Palmer in New Orleans.

The Spaniard and American made an unlikely duo and were only playing together because their regular partners, Wesley Bryan and Jordan Spieth, were unavailable.

Read more: Sam Torrance: Tiger silenced his doubters with Masters win

What a lovely coincidence it turned out to be. To see two guys come together and work so well was brilliant and highlighted how successful these kinds of events can be.

Rahm is a world-class player whos been in stellar form recently, finishing inside the top 10 for the seventh time this year, but the win marked a great turnaround for Palmer, whose last PGA Tour victory came nearly 10 years ago.

The 42-year-olds wife Jennifer suffered with breast cancer in 2016 and 2017 while he also changed his putting grip after struggling with a twitchy action on the greens which sent him from side the top 20 in the PGA Tour putting rankings to 190th.

It was great to see him and Rahm maintaining their form over the first three days to win on 26 under-par, ahead of Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia, who ensured a strong European presence in second.

Freewheeling golf

Ive always found team events the best of fun. With the pressure off its a chance to let go for a week.

With the rounds alternating between foursome and fourball theres plenty of strategy and ultimately its about gelling.

Rahm and Palmer gelled well over the weekend to win (Source: Getty)

For me foursomes – taking alternate shots – is the hardest format to play because youve got to look at the course beforehand and play to each others strengths. You often have to bail your partner out if they play a bad shot, but you just have to make the best of it and not apologise.

Fourballs – taking the better placed ball – is a lot more fun. You can play freewheeling golf and go for more difficult shots. Rahm and Palmer complimented each other well and were throughly deserving champions.

Joy for Campillo

Elsewhere I was absolutely delighted to see Jorge Campillo win the Trophee Hassan II tournament in Morocco. Hes a real gentleman and after such a long wait it was lovely to see one of the good guys win.

It was Campillos 229th European Tour match and his first victory and it came in a manner which will make it even sweeter for the Spaniard.

Having finished in second, second and third in the past four weeks on tour Read More – Source

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