Born in Barrica on November 10, 1994, Jon Rahm is one of the best Spanish players in all of history and he is not yet 25 years old. He reached the top of the world ranking and at the 2021 US Open he got the urge to achieve his first Major after having been on the verge of success on several occasions.
For his part, in 2023 he added a new chapter of glory to his history , winning the Masters , thus adding his second Major.
Jon Rahm kept hearing how he was destined to win this Masters because so many Spanish stars were aligned in his favor.
Sunday would have been the 66th birthday of the late Seve Ballesteros, Rahm’s idol and inspiration for playing. This year was the 40-year anniversary of the second Masters title Ballesteros won. If that wasn’t enough, caddie Adam Hayes was assigned white coveralls with No. 49 April 9.
“I was told a lot of things about why this could be the year,” Rahm said, looking smart as ever in his new green jacket. “And I just didn’t want to buy into it too much.”
This mental-game Svengali in Rahm’s corner was, of course, Rahm himself, which is to say that this Masters, like life, was in how you looked at it. Half of it was a discombobulated, disjointed mess, with rounds no longer ending when days did, making it hard to establish a narrative.
Rahm didn’t dwell on that half. He began the final round two strokes behind Koepka but played the first eight holes in 2 under (birdies at the par-4 third and par-5 eighth) while Koepka played them in 2 over (bogeys at the par-3 fourth and sixth) to seize control of the tournament.
“What is going on on the outside is not always a reflection of the inside,” Rahm said. “I was calm. I never got frustrated. I never really got – felt like anything was out of control. But obviously you’re nervous, right. There’s tension out there.”
Mickelson rolled back the years with a final round-best 65 to become the oldest golfer ever to finish inside the top-five at the major. A three-time green jacket winner, the 52-year-old was all smiles as he eased round Augusta with eight birdies.
It marks the lowest round ever posted by a player aged 50 or above, coming a day after Fred Couples became the oldest player to ever make the cut at the major.
Both men bogeyed the ninth, with Rahm finishing the front front-nine 10-under par and one stroke ahead of Koepka and a resurgent Jordan Spieth, who finished 8-under a few minutes before Rahm reached the green on 10.
Nearing the halfway mark of the back-nine, Rahm created the final separation. He birdied 13 and 14, moving him 12-under and four strokes ahead of Mickelson.
How did Jon Rahm do at the Masters?
In that first presentation in 2017, Jon Rahm finished 27th , overcoming the cut and also the nerves before such a scenario. A very good second day put him in sixth place, although he couldn’t keep up that pace. That year was not only special for him, but for all Spanish golf: Sergio García was left with the long-awaited victory in the playoffs .
In 2018, Rahm ran from behind after a weak first day (+3). He recovered with pure talent with laps of 68 (-4) and 65 (-7) to enter the final stretch in the fourth step. And despite the fact that on Sunday he again had a day under par, with 69 impacts, he could do little against the regularity of Patrick Reed. There was no green jacket but there was a check of more than $500,000 upon finishing fourth.
The following year, already perched in the batch of candidates, he remained in the top 10 on both Thursday and Friday. On Sunday, with a record of 68 (-4), he returned to that place: he finished ninth the day that Tiger Woods gave another sample of his greatness From him. In a 2020 pandemic, Rahm was once again close and was the leader before the third day (-9). However, on Saturday he was relegated to the ERA of Dustin Johnson, who took a nine-shot lead. He would finally close in seventh place.
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