Augusta defies dad Rahm

"I have the talent to win," says Jon, who begins today, along with 88 other players including Sergio García and Chema Olazábal, the 85th edition of the Masters.


"I have enough talent to win. At the end of the day this great one does not change the scene and the game from tee to green is the same and I have already played four Masters". Jon Rahm disputes from today, along with 87 other applicants, the mythical Augusta appointment in the 85th edition, the return to April after the Masters held in November due to the pandemic and which Dustin Johnson took away. The Biscayan from Barrika (26 years old) practiced yesterday on the Georgia course short game and putt and played nine holes as a training after ten days without picking up a stick as he was dedicated and aware only of his wife Kelley and his first offspring: Kepa Cahill Rahm.

The Spaniard, number 3 in the world ranking, received a small putter as a gift for his son and acknowledges that although he has not been aware of golf, he arrives ready at Augusta ... and mentally free of pressure: "Perhaps he has not prepared the Masters as in Other times, but I'm ready to compete. These days were so emotional that I have not even thought about the Masters. It will surely be the only time that happens to me in my life. Also mentally it has been good for me not to be thinking all the time about it. tournament ".

Rahm, who will share the opening game with the North American Schauffele and the Irish McIlroy (4:42 PM PDT), is the king of regularity in Augusta and that ace is the one he must hold on to in the search for his first win in a 'major '. In the last three editions it has been fourth (-11), ninth (-10) and seventh (-11) and adds eleven consecutive laps with the pair as the worst result, 10 of them beating the field. This data reinforces their aspirations considering that a very different field is expected from last November with greens and fairways in which the ball rolls instead of staying stuck.

Sergio García (4:18 pm) and Chema Olazábal (5:54 pm), both winners of the tournament, share the Spanish shortlist that will try to add the sixth green jacket for Spanish golf and that will have Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau , Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay, plus Rahm's two playmates, as the top favorites. The Biscayan, sixth in the bets, arrives without practicing and with few hours of sleep, but with enthusiasm, confidence and a new member in his family to whom he can dedicate the victory.

The one who has made him leave the bag in the hall at home despite having the Masters ahead. "I have changed diapers, I have helped Kelley with the feedings, I have tried to put the child to sleep ... My job above all has been to help Kelley, although I have learned very quickly. coma ... It was a unique experience. As I told Kelley, my respect for women has increased even more after seeing the pain their bodies go through during childbirth. It is something I would not like to experience. The truth is is that detaching myself from them to come here has made me very hard ". Coming back with a green jacket would sure sweeten it.

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