Dubai/RSM Recap: Disparate Winners Mark End of 2019
Dubai/RSM Recap: Disparate Winners Mark End of 2019

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Both major golf tours came to an end of sorts Sunday. The RSM Classic signaled the final PGA Tour event before the traditional holiday break, while the European Tour's 2018-19 season finally concluded with DP World Tour Championship.

And the winners could not be more disparate.

Tyler Duncan — 30 years old, 5-feet-8, 150, and ranked close to 400th in the world — took down Webb Simpson on the second playoff hole on St. Simons Island, Ga., for an out-of-nowhere maiden victory. Meanwhile, Jon Rahm — barely 25 years old, 6-2, 220, and one of the elite players in the world — birdied the final hole to edge Tommy Fleetwood and win the season-long Race to Dubai.

Let's start with Rahm.

Like we said, Rahm just turned 25, and now he's up to No. 3 in the world following his third win of 2019. He still has a ways to go to overtake both Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy to get to No. 1, but that vision just got a whole lot clearer. The one thing that has been holding Rahm back more than anything else is his temperament, and he has done a great job in getting that under control. 

Which is why all signs now point to 2020 being the best year of the Spaniard's still-burgeoning career. Rahm has not won a major, and among all the things you need to happen to win one, keeping your composure is high on the list.

Rahm performed well in the

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Len Hochberg
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