January 8, 2023
Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, USA
Plantation Course at Kapalua
Q. It starts with a bogey in the final round. What was your thought process? What turned the fortunate around?
JON RAHM: There's not one secret. Obviously the next birdie was very important, but it was four just mediocre shots that led to a 5.
After that I just focused on hitting quality shots. It was a great swing after that, a couple good swings on 3 and 4. That kind of got me going. I think that that putt on 4 was very important to get that momentum going. I started feeling really good and making the proper swings.
Obviously everything turned with that run on 12, 13, 14 and making that eagle putt on 15. At that point I got in the thick of things and never did I think that going into my third shot on 17 I was going to have a one-shot lead. That's when I had to change a bit of the mindset of chasing and needing birdies to, All right, let's get this up-and-down, hopefully birdie 18 and give ourselves the best chance.
Q. At with one point you were seven shots down. Biggest come back in Sentry Tournament of Champions history. How gratifying is that comeback?
JON RAHM: Extremely. You never want to see somebody have a bad day down the stretch. But I feel like with that lead he had I needed to play really good and he needed to make a couple mistakes.
Last year I feel like I played an amazing tournament, I could have won it. To come back this year and shoot a very low score again, I mean, I'm what, 60-under par in these last two tournaments? (Laughing.) It would have been tough to shoot that low twice and not win it. So I'm glad I had the chance and I'm glad I did it.
Q. And the putter, Saturday and Sunday especially, wow. Really, really good.
JON RAHM: Yeah, the only day I didn't make a lot of putts is Friday. The last two days -- yesterday I didn't make any lengthy ones, but I was pretty much flawless inside 10 feet. Which is all you need to do. Especially here you can give yourself a lot of chances.
Today I made a few longer putts, a few more feet of putts. And again, those early on in the round is what got things going.
Q. Kelley walking with you, back out walking. How special is it to have Kelley and the family here?
JON RAHM: It's special. This is actually the first win with the whole family here. Both kids as well. So it's going to be one to enjoy.
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