Jon Rahm Wins First Career Green Jacket
Augusta, GA – Jon Rahm (-12) won the 2023 Masters Tournament. It was the Spaniard’s seventh year playing in the event and he has frequently been among the betting favorites. This year, he finally sealed the deal and earned his second career major championship. He endured a difficult week of weather and stoppages in play to best other major champions including Brooks Koepka (-8, T2), Jordan Spieth (-7, T4), and Phil Mickelson (T2).
With the third round being suspended due to weather on Saturday, Koepka started the day on Sunday with a four stroke lead on Rahm. By the beginning of the final round, the lead was down to 2. Koepka had looked like his old self all week but he wasn’t able to keep the mojo working on Sunday afternoon. He failed to make a birdie until the 13th and by then Rahm had already overtaken him.
Mickelson was arguably the biggest surprise of the week. Though the 52-year-old has won the Masters three times and is exceedingly comfortable around Augusta National, he has been far from playing his best golf in the past year. In addition to keeping a low profile because of his controversial comments in the midst of joining LIV Golf, his performances have been poor. Not so this week. His Sunday 65 was vintage Phil.
Another player who had a week to remember was 23-year-old amateur Sam Bennett. The reigning U.S. Amateur champ and current Texas A&M Aggie played in the final group during the third round after being paired with Scottie Scheffler in the opening round and easily outplaying him, shooting back-to-back rounds of 68. Though he slowed down on the weekend, he ended up finishing T16 at -2.
Other players who with notable finishes included Patrick Reed and Russell Henley (-7, T4); Cameron Young and Viktor Hovland (-6, T7); Sahith Theegala, in his first Masters (-5, solo 9th); and defending champion Scottie Scheffler, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Xander Schauffele (all -5, T10).
Unfortunately, part of the story this week also concerned events not related to the competition. In addition to multiple suspensions of play due to heavy wind and rainfall, three trees collapsed near the 17th tee on Friday. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads up the road to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town. Jordan Spieth is the defending champion there and he is scheduled to defend against a strong field that includes Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, and Patrick Cantlay.
Jon Rahm What’s In The Bag
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5 Wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond T 18° @ 17.9° (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X)
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