ASU's Rahm shoots 21 under at Thunderbird event


This past weekend, Arizona State sophomore Jon Rahm shot 21 under par, won the individual title by eight shots and topped the school scoring record by five – and that was after a double bogey on his final hole of the three-round tournament.

His remarkable performance spurred the 32nd-ranked Sun Devils to a 20-stroke victory Sunday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. It was Arizona State’s first outright title since 2009. 

Rahm, who entered this week at No. 27 in Golfstat’s individual rankings, has a history of going low. At last year’s NCAA Championship, he shot a record-setting 61 in the first round of stroke-play qualifying before eventually finishing in a tie for second. Earlier that year the Spaniard went 64-65 at Pumpkin Ridge. In 2012-13, he led the nation in par-5 scoring (4.51) and birdies made (165).

His 21-under 192 (62-64-66) here was the lowest score in Sun Devils history, beating the previous mark of 197 set by Jesper Kennegard in 2008. It was Rahm's third career title.

For the week, Rahm made 20 birdies, two eagles (both on par 4s), one bogey and a double. That pushed his tally to an NCAA-best nine eagles this season, with 19 in his 70-round career.