Former Ohio State All-American Golfer Ryan Armour Finishes Tied for Fourth at PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic

By Zack Carpenter on July 5, 2020 at 6:17 pm
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Ryan Armour (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Ohio State All-American golfer Ryan Armour is continuing to gain momentum on the PGA Tour.

After finishing tied for sixth at last week's Travelers Championship, Armour finished tied for fourth at this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic, doing so in Wolverine territory at the Detroit Golf Club.

Armour, an Akron native and 1999 Ohio State graduate, finished even-par in Sunday's final round to finish the tournament 16-under.

After a pair of bogeys on the front nine, Armour bounced back with birdies on 13 and 16. His final putt for par on 18 would have put him alone in fourth place, but his shot rimmed out and he finished with a bogey.

Armour had put himself in a good position to capture his first PGA Tour victory since winning the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2018, heading into the final round two strokes behind leader and eventual winner Bryson DeChambeau (who finished 23-under).

On day three, Armour appeared to be in some major trouble following a rough tee shot and missed putt that resulted in a double bogey on Hole 17. But Armour responded by birdying Hole 18 – viewed as one of the course's toughest holes – to finish tied for second with a -16 heading into the final round.

In Friday's second round, Armour provided some pre-July 4 fireworks by sinking his 14th career hole-in-one from 158 yards out on the fifth hole.

“It landed, one hop, right in the hole,” Armour said of the ace, which helped put him one stroke off the lead heading into day three. “There's no spectators here, so there happened to be Jimmy Walker's trainer was out there because Jimmy's battling some wrist and hand issues, so he went nuts, so we knew it went in.”

Armour had been battling injuries over the past few months but was fully healthy going into the Travelers Championship, and his finish on Sunday now gives him some extra momentum heading into his next two tournaments – the Workday Charity Open and then the Memorial Tournament the week after, both of which will be at Muirfield Village in Dublin.

At Ohio State, Armour was a third-team All-American in 1998, and he was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree (1995 and 1998) before turning pro in 1999.

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