Jon Rahm started the Masters in the most ignominious fashion, 4-putting the opening hole and starting off with a double bogey. The Spanish superstar showed it’s not the start, but it’s the finish that matters as he won the first major championship of the year by 4 strokes.
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Rahm fired a 69 in the final round to finish at 12 under at Augusta National, winning the Masters by 4 strokes over Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson.
Since picking up a victory in the 2022 Tour Championship, Rahm has gained 6 victories and has also finished in the top 10 in 11 of 14 events.
The major championship is the second of the 28-year-old’s career. He also was victorious in the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Rahm is the only European golfer to have earned both a Masters title and a U.S. Open championship.
The victory allowed Jon Rahm to vault into the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings.
Rahm is the fourth Spanish golfer to win the Masters, joining Seve Ballesteros (1980, 1983), José María Olazábal (1994, 1999) and Sergio Garcia (2017) . Ballesteros is a legendary figure among golfers and Spanish athletes, and that status has only grown in stature since his death in 2011.
“History of the game is a big part of why I play and one of the reasons why I play, and Seve being one of them,” Rahm said, as he remembered his late countryman.
It would not be a surprise if Rahm joined Ballesteros and Olazábal by winning a second Green Jacket.