Until the last blow from the last hole, in the last championship of the season on the American circuit. Only when the last ball comes in, when American Patrick Cantlay makes a hole, will John Ram admit he won’t win today. In a duel between the two giants, the Basque golfer finished second in the Tour Championship yesterday, the conclusion of the FedEx Cup, the race to determine the elite player of the season on the PGA Tour, with 20 below par for -21. Cantlay. It was a battle that lasted four days, from strength to strength, resolved only by a blow, just millimeters between a bird of a pair. But that is the only difference that can be all about golf. The distance between being first or second. From winning the biggest check in sports history, $15 million for Cantlay, to entering the second prize, the $5 million that Ram returns.
The game made it to the last hole, fivefold at East Lake Stadium in Atlanta, and everything was not decided yet. Cantlay had ruled the tournament by up to four strokes ahead during some stretches, but Ram’s resistance to defeat deserved the top spot in the rankings he’s been practicing for weeks. There is no player in the ring as regularly as Barica’s big man. Tournaments pass, Sundays arrive, and Spanish is always in the fray. Of the 22 championships held this season on the American circuit, Ram finished in 15 of them in the top ten. The finishing touch to winning the US Open, his first major tournament at the age of 26, lifted him to number one in the world. “He’s the best without a doubt,” celebrity Rory McIlroy gave in.
As the best icing on his game, Ram even looked for an albatross and then an eagle on that 18th hole, but he had to settle on a bird that wasn’t enough because Cantlay tracked the score and thus maintained his advantage to win the FedEx and many carat prize. The handshake and the words assigned at the end of the fight symbolize a noble struggle between two golfing phenomena, an excellent golfer like Cantlay, and a very complete golfer like Ram, now at the best moment of his sporting career.
The Basque Country at the top closes a very strange course on the American circuit, riddled with unexpected events and changes in plans at the last minute. He actually went to Augusta Masters right after becoming a father for the first time, with almost no training, and finished it with fifth place. He was eighth in the PGA. At the Memorial Tournament, Championship Jack Nicklaus, he had to leave after day three because he contracted the virus. He recovered in time for the US Open, and made history as the first Spanish winner of the US Open. With full confidence after finishing third in the British Open, he faced the Tokyo Olympics as the top candidate. Once again, his dismissal is positive from the competition, and he was sentenced to enforced rest that exploded at the end of the year.
And one season on the American circuit isn’t over and soon, just one calendar week away, another begins. The work can’t be stopped, even though Jon Ram’s calendar shows more romantic dates. First, from September 24-26 in Wisconsin (US), the Ryder Cup that the Basque golfer eagerly discovered in 2018. Then he was a rookie in Paris and was so frustrated that he lost the first points, and ended up touching the sky when he defeated the legend Tiger Woods in a duel individual, and with his sandy grain, Europe defeated the United States; Today he is the head of the old continent’s surreal, number one in the world, from apprentice to leader. Having become a superstar on the planet, he will soon travel for a double date in Spain: the National Open at Villa de Madrid Country Club (October 7-10) and from there to Valderrama Masters (October 14-17).
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