Jon Rahm started the last lap of ’87street Masters in second, two strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka. After the first nine holes, the roles were reversed. Koepka couldn’t find the rhythm and went with three bogeys in 39 shots, +3. Rahm needed four fewer shots with a bogey and two birdies. On the second nine, Rahm extended his lead with birdies on the 13th and, after a sublime shot under the branches that ended a meter from the hole, on the 14th hole. The remaining four holes did not give the 28-year-old a victory. Spanish in danger. He won the green jacket after a round in 69 strokes with a total of -12.

After defending champion Scottie Scheffler presented Rahm with the green jacket at the Butler Cabin, interviewer Jim Nantz, of course, referred to the April 9 date. “Winning this tournament on Seve’s birthday and 40 years after his second Masters victory makes it very special,” said Rahm. “On the second nine, I was constantly listening’It looks! It looks! It looks! Do it for Seve! I knew what it would mean if I Today I would win. The history of golf is important to me, it’s one of the reasons I play.”

For Rahm, who started the Masters on Thursday with 4 putts and a double bogey, it is the second great victory after the 2021 US Open. After Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal, each two-time winner of the green jacket, and Sergio García, winner in 2017, Rahm, born in Barrika in the Spanish Basque Country, is the fourth Spanish winner of the Masters. With his victory in the first major of the year, he replaces Scottie Scheffler as number 1 in the world ranking. He has already won four times in eleven starts this season on the PGA Tour. With his Masters victory, Rahm earns $3.24 million, the largest check ever for a major championship.

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shocked michaelson

Very striking and totally unexpected was the excellent performance of Phil Mickelson. The 52-year-old American hasn’t shown any form since he switched to LIV Golf. But at Augusta National, the track where he celebrated his biggest wins with three victories, he found the magic again. With a great final round 65, the lowest score of the entire field, he moved up to -8 overall, tied for second with Brooks Koepka. Mickelson was already the oldest winner of a major with his victory at the PGA of the USA in 2021. He is also now the oldest golfer with a top-5 ranking at the Masters. In addition to his three wins, Lefty has also placed second at the Masters twice and finished third five times.

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no tiger

Tiger Woods didn’t play again on Sunday, and that wasn’t a surprise. The five-time Masters winner spent Saturday especially in the rain and cold, feeling five degrees of temperature, visibly very heavy. He stumbled in the last few holes, his face contorted in pain. On Sunday morning he informed him with a short statement for the continuation of the third round. “I’m disappointed to have to retire because plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the tendon in the bottom of the foot) has returned,” said Woods, who in his 25thstreet Masters played. “I thank the fans and the Masters who have given me so much support and love and I wish all the players success in the continuation of the tournament.” The big question is, of course, if and when we will see Woods, who this week tied the record for 23 consecutive Masters cuts, again in an official tournament.

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