When Jon Rahm carded a third-round score of 66 to get within two shots of Sam Ryder at the Farmers Insurance Open, there was a sense of inevitability ahead of the final round.
But things didn't play out the way we thought or the way Rahm would've hoped. He got some bad breaks on the South Course on Saturday, so perhaps you need luck as well as excellence to win on the PGA Tour three times in a row.
He played super golf in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, carding a 63 to reel in Collin Morikawa. He played solid golf on the last day of The American Express, edging rookie Davis Thompson by one shot on a tense afternoon in La Quinta.
Rahm also alluded to the pace of play in La Jolla, but not as a reason for failing to win for the fifth time in his last seven starts. He attributed the severity of the rough and the length of some holes as reasons for some slow play.
Just as Rahm has done on so many occasions, Max Homa grasped the moment on Saturday afternoon to win for the sixth time on Tour and for the second time this season.
It was still another solid showing from the Spaniard who recorded his fifth consecutive top-10 on the Tour. You feel it is only a matter of time until he returns to the World No.1 spot.
He hasn't entered the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM next week, but you can expect to see him tee it up at the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale with its newfound status as an Elevated Event.