It turns out the bird Jon Rahm made on the last hole of the tour championship earned him a trophy.
Rahm won the PGA of America Award of the Year award, and it was the birdie putt on the 18th hole at East Lake that made the difference.
Rahm finishes with 75 points, with Bryson DeChambeau second with 70 points.
Rahm received 30 points for his US Open title this summer, along with 20 points for the lead on the PGA Tour money list and 20 points for winning the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.
And although Rahm was runner-up Patrick Cantlay in the tour championship, the PGA of America recognizes the actual score at East Lake. Cantlay started with a 2-stroke lead at 10 under par because he was the No. 1 seed. Rahm has 4 strokes behind as the no. 4 selected.
For the week, Rahm and Kevin Na finished at 14-under 266. That means they split the 10 points awarded for a regular PGA Tour victory.
DeChambeau has 30 points for his win at the US Open in September last year, 10 points for winning at Bay Hill, 14 points for fourth place in the average score and 16 points for third place on the money list.
On the par-5-18th during the touring championship, Rahm hits a 5-iron that runs just through the back of the green. He had to tune in to have a chance to force a playoff game against Cantlay, who hit 6-iron to 12-footers. Rahm’s slide just missed and left a short birdie behind.
This enabled him to subdue Na at 14, giving him the five points that brought him to the top of the PGA of America Award points.
Rahm’s adjusted point average was 69.3. Johnson was second at 69.62.