AVONDALE (WVUE) - The team of Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood made a run on the last few holes of the Zurich, but the unlikely partnership of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm was too much on this day, winning by three strokes. 18 year age difference, never playing as teammates before this week, no problem.
“I really wanted to come here. I didn’t want to miss coming here each and every year. We kind of talked about partners. John was one of the top ones, if not the top choice for both of us. It was an easy decision. I shot him a text, hoping he would bite. When a 42-year old player is calling him, he’s like 'why would he want to play with me,” said Ryan Palmer.
“Last year, we were joking around saying, you and I would play together really, really well. Based on how we played last year. It was a clear choice. I’m really happy I said yes. I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Jon Rahm.
Palmer, a close friend of Saints coach Sean Payton, notched his first win on the tour in nine years. So it was a special moment for Palmer to finally win again, and to do it in a city that means so much to the Texan.
“My relationship with coach is very special. I know he wasn’t here. He’s going to kill himself not being here. I know his daughter was graduating from college down in L.A. It’s pretty cool to comeback to a city I’ve always enjoyed coming. I have a deep down love for the Saints through Sean. I know the Cowboys play here in September. So we’ll be back then,” said Palmer