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Golf | Rahm wins Memorial Tournament to become world number one

Jon Rahm has won the Memorial Tournament in Ohio, replacing Rory McIlroy as the world's number one golfer in the process.

The Spaniard finished the PGA Tour competition on nine-under-par, three shots clear of American Ryan Palmer in second place.

Rahm, 25, entered the final day of the tournament with a four-shot lead, which he extended to eight shots at the turn.

However, a bogey on the 10th, a double-bogey on the 11th and a two-shot penalty on the 16th reduced his lead dramatically on the final stretch.

Rahm kept his nerve to claim his fourth PGA Tour victory, a triumph which makes him the second Spanish golfer to become world number one after his idol Seve Ballesteros.

“One of the best performances of my life,” former Irish Open winner Rahm said afterwards.

"Yesterday was probably one of the best rounds of my life and finished today with some clutch up-and-downs. And as a Spaniard, I'm kind of glad it happened that way. Every shot counts, and I tried every shot and got those two last up-and-downs, as a true Spaniard would.

English golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick (-4) finished third, four strokes ahead of compatriot Matt Wallace and Australian Jason Day.

McIlroy endured a torrid Sunday at Muirfield, ending the final day of the tournament with five bogeys and a double-bogey as he slumped to a tied-32nd place finish, while Tiger Woods (+6) finished tied-40th.

Shane Lowry failed to make the cut.

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