Jon Rahm made history on Sunday as he became the first Spaniard to win the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The world No. 1 shot a final-round 68 to finish at 12-under 276, four strokes ahead of runners-up Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson. Rahm’s victory was his seventh worldwide in the last 12 months and his first major title.
Rahm entered the final round two shots behind Koepka, who had a one-shot lead over Mickelson and Patrick Reed. Rahm started his round with a birdie on the first hole, but then bogeyed the third and fifth to fall back to 8-under. He bounced back with birdies on the seventh and eighth to make the turn at 10-under, tied with Koepka and Mickelson.
The back nine was where Rahm seized control of the tournament. He birdied the 11th and 12th to take a two-shot lead over Koepka, who bogeyed the 10th and 12th. Rahm then parred the next four holes, while Koepka dropped another shot on the 15th.
Rahm’s lead was three shots when he stepped on the 17th tee, where he hit a brilliant approach to six feet and made the birdie putt to extend his lead to four. He parred the last hole to seal his historic win.
Rahm’s performance earned him $3.24 million and 600 FedExCup points, which moved him to second place in the standings behind Scottie Scheffler. Rahm also became the fourth consecutive world No. 1 to win the Masters, following Dustin Johnson (2020), Tiger Woods (2019) and Justin Rose (2018).
Rahm dedicated his win to his late compatriot Seve Ballesteros, who would have turned 65 on Sunday. Ballesteros was a five-time major champion and a Masters runner-up in 1980 and 1983. Rahm said he felt Ballesteros’ presence throughout the week and thanked him for inspiring him to play golf.
“I can’t believe I’m here right now,” Rahm said after his win. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to win this tournament. To do it on Seve’s birthday, it’s something very special. I know he’s watching from above and I hope he’s proud of me.”
Rahm also thanked his wife Kelley and his son Kepa, who were on hand to celebrate with him. Rahm said his family gave him extra motivation and strength to overcome the challenges of playing in a major.
“They are my everything,” Rahm said. “They are the reason why I wake up every day and try to be a better person and a better golfer. They give me so much joy and happiness. To share this moment with them is priceless.”
Rahm will have little time to rest as he prepares for his next challenge: defending his title at the Mexico Open at Vidanta at the end of April. Rahm won the event last year by four shots over Scheffler and Rory McIlroy. Rahm said he is looking forward to returning to Mexico and continuing his winning form.
“It’s going to be another tough test, but I’m ready for it,” Rahm said. “I love playing in Mexico and I have great memories from last year. I’m going to enjoy this win for a few days and then get back to work.”
Final Thoughts: Jon Rahm’s Historic Masters Win
Jon Rahm’s victory at the Masters was nothing short of impressive. The world No. 1 showed tremendous composure and skill as he battled his way to his first major title, becoming the first Spaniard to win the Masters in the process.
Rahm’s seven worldwide wins in the last 12 months speak to his dominance in the game, and his performance at Augusta cements his status as one of the top players in the world.
What was most striking about Rahm’s win was his ability to stay focused and patient when things weren’t going his way. After bogeying two early holes, Rahm could have easily let the pressure get to him and fallen out of contention.
Instead, he stayed calm and bounced back with two birdies to stay in the mix. When his rivals faltered on the back nine, Rahm seized the opportunity and took control of the tournament.
Rahm’s dedication of his win to Seve Ballesteros was a touching tribute to a fellow Spaniard who paved the way for so many golfers from their country. Ballesteros was a legend in the game, and Rahm’s win is a fitting tribute to his legacy. Rahm’s gratitude to his family also shows his humility and appreciation for the support system that helps him succeed.
Looking ahead, Rahm’s win at the Masters sets him up for a potentially dominant season. He has already proven he can win on the biggest stages, and his confidence and form are sure to carry over to future events.
Rahm’s title defense at the Mexico Open will be another test of his skills, but his strong showing at Augusta suggests he is more than up to the challenge.
Overall, Jon Rahm’s win at the Masters was a remarkable achievement that will be remembered for years to come. His skill, determination, and humility make him a great ambassador for the game of golf, and his future looks very bright indeed.