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Rahm on all new high after dramatic play-off success


By Robert Jones

Spaniard Jon Rahm jumped to a career-high ranking of World No.2 yesterday after securing his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The 23-year-old, who only turned professional less than two years ago, leapfrogged three-time Major winner Jordan Spieth in the rankings, but Dustin Johnson maintained his substantial lead as World No.1.

Rahm continued his meteoric rise after clinching victory over Andrew Landry in California on a fourth sudden-death play-off hole.

Had neither player forced a victory on the fourth extra hole, they'd have been required to come back to settle the contest yesterday.

"I did not want to come back the next day and play," Rahm admitted.

"After Andrew hit his shot, I had a good angle and a good lie in the rough, so I decided to take dead aim and hope for the best."

Irishman Seamus Power is more convinced than ever that he can win on the PGA Tour after he had an average week with the driver and still finish tied 11th behind Rahm.

Power notched the second-best finish of his PGA Tour career despite hitting just half the fairways over the last two rounds.

"I know I am also good enough to win out here and it's all about playing your best on a given week and having a few breaks go your way," Power said.

The West Waterford star (30) admitted his driving let him down, but he hopes to have it straightened up in time for this week's Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego's Torrey Pines, where Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry will be making their first starts of the year.

"I shot a round of 65 on Saturday while struggling a bit with the driver so I know it could have been a few shots better," added Power.

"So I will just work on it now before Thursday, hopefully we can make a few more birdies."

Forced to go to the Tour's Play-offs to retain his card last year, Power must finish inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings to keep his card.

England's Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, moved to his best ranking of 12th thanks to his impressive defence of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia also rose a spot to ninth after easing to victory in Singapore on his first start of the season.

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