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Jon Rahm of Spain made two eagles over the final six holes, the last one a 60-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under-par 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego by three shots for his first PGA Tour victory. Rahm, who turned 22 in November, beat Phil Mickelson’s mark as the youngest champion at this tournament. He also became the first player in 26 years to capture his first PGA Tour title at Torrey Pines. On a day in which nine players had at least a share of the lead, the final 20 minutes only mattered for positions. Rahm finished at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of Charles Howell III (68) and C.T. Pan, who had a 70. Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Rodgers, tied for the lead going into the final round, fell back with too many mistakes on the back nine. All four PGA Tour events to start the new year now have been won by players in their 20s — Justin Thomas (23) won both events in Hawaii, and Hudson Swafford (29) won last week in the California desert. The victory gets Rahm into the Masters for the first time. He moves into top 50 in the world, and, if he can stay there for three weeks, he will get into two World Golf Championships in March.
Brittany Lincicome won the LPGA Tour’s Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in wind and rain in Paradise Island, beating US Solheim Cup teammate Lexi Thompson with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Playing a group ahead of Thompson, Lincicome birdied the par-5 18th — after dropping strokes on 14 and 17 — for a 5-under 68 and 26-under 266 total. With Lincicome looking on from a tent with her round complete, Thompson played the 18th as strong sideways rain blew through the Ocean Club, holing a 3-footer for her third straight par and a 70.
The 49ers made a surprise choice to fill their general manager void, hiring former NFL safety and Fox TV analyst John Lynch to replace Trent Baalke. Lynch comes into the job with no front-office experience, having gone straight from the playing field to the broadcast booth. But after a lengthy search that included interviews with nine other publicly identified candidates, team CEO Jed York settled on Lynch, who is a finalist this year for the Pro Football Hall of Fame . . . Colts owner Jim Irsay is turning to another first-time GM to get his franchise back on track. Eight days after firing Ryan Grigson and conducting a week of interviews, Irsay hired former Kansas City Chiefs’ executive Chris Ballard.
Bruce Arena’s second stint as coach of the US national team began with the same result as his first, a 0-0 draw. The United States had few scoring chances in its match against a young Serbia roster in San Diego, the first game for the Americans since Jurgen Klinsmann was fired after a pair of losses in World Cup qualifiers in November and replaced by Arena. Arena led the team to a 71-30-29 record from 1998-2006, becoming the winningest coach in American national team history and earning election to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He opened with a tie against Australia and was fired following the team’s first-round elimination at the 2006 World Cup, returning to Major League Soccer.
Marcel Hirscher came from behind to beat Alexis Pinturault and claim his 20th World Cup giant slalom victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, avenging his narrow defeat to the French skier in Adelboden. Pinturault faltered and finished fourth. Matts Olsson of Sweden was second, Germany’s Stefan Luitz third . . . Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia won the first World Cup super-G of her career in Cortina D’ampezzo, Italy, while defending overall champion Lara Gut crashed. Sofia Goggia of Italy finished second, Austria’s Anna Veith third. Mikaela Shiffrin, the current overall leader, finished fourth for the best speed result of her career while fellow American Lindsey Vonn was 12th. Shiffrin extended her overall lead to 80 points ahead of Gut.
Former Dartmouth runner Christopher Zablocki of Essex, Conn., won the damp, chilly Miami Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 15 seconds. Hillary Too of Kenya finished second in 2:19:42, followed by two-time Miami Marathon winner Luis Carlos Rivero Gonzalez of Guatemala (2:20:01). Marta Ayala of Ethiopia won the women’s title in 2:40:51 . . . The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenseman Michal Rozsival on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury and recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling from the minors . . . Japan’s Ippei Watanabe, 19, set a world record in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke in Tokyo with a time of 2:06.67. Watanabe, 19, improved on the previous mark of 2:07.01 set by compatriot Akihiro Yamaguchi in 2012 . . . Dublin Girl beat Toni Tools by a length in the $100,000 Maddie May Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct in New York. The time was 1:46.46 for the mile and 70 yards. Dublin Girl, trained by Dominic Schettino, paid $7.60, $3.60 and $2.40 as the 5-2 second choice . . . Defending champion France overcame a shaky start to beat Norway, 33-26, and win the handball world title in Paris for the sixth time. This win went some way to making up for a narrow defeat to Denmark in last year’s Olympic final, in which France missed out on a third straight Olympic title.
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