New dad Jon Rahm ‘happier’ as he lastly arrives at Augusta Nationwide on Wednesday
AUGUSTA, Ga. – On Wednesday morning, Jon Rahm drove down Magnolia Lane, hopped out of his courtesy automobile and spoke to the media at 9:30 a.m. native time. He hadn’t even registered for the Masters but.
His hurried preparation was comprehensible, after all, after he and spouse Kelley welcomed their first little one, a child boy named Kepa, early Saturday morning. Targeted extra on altering diapers and tending to his spouse, Rahm didn’t contact a membership for days and boarded a flight certain for Augusta on Tuesday not figuring out what to anticipate from his recreation.
“For thus lengthy I didn’t suppose I used to be going to have the ability to be right here,” he stated. “I assumed I used to be simply going to need to get the ticket again house (throughout event week), so I’m blissful that she’s wholesome. I’m blissful that he’s wholesome. I’m grateful that they’re each doing nice, and I’m actually blissful I will be right here rested and able to compete.”
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After speaking to reporters, Rahm headed to the event observe space to hit balls. He wasn’t positive whether or not he would play 9 or 18 holes in his ultimate preparation for the yr’s first main. His caddie, Adam Hayes, arrived at Augusta Nationwide on Tuesday to scout the course and relayed the principle takeaways: It’s considerably firmer and sooner than the November Masters, and the second lower has been trimmed on some holes. Trying ahead to a fierier check, Rahm stated he’ll hit extra lag putts and chip photographs across the greens.
“Fortunately, I’ve performed right here earlier than,” he stated, “and I all the time have a superb vibe once I come right here.”
Rahm has completed inside the highest 10 in every of his previous three appearances right here. He enters the Masters in good type, too, having positioned inside the highest 15 in eight of his previous 9 begins total courting to the autumn.
On Tuesday, Rory McIlroy stated the delivery of Rahm’s first little one doubtless wouldn’t be a distraction. Talking from his personal expertise, McIlroy flew in late to the Tour Championship final yr after his spouse gave delivery and shot 64 within the opening spherical.
“Being relaxed and perhaps having your thoughts not totally on Augusta and the Masters and the inexperienced jacket isn’t a nasty factor,” he stated.
Certainly, Rahm, the world No. 3, stated that he wasn’t apprehensive a couple of lack of preparation.
“I’m not involved. I went via a serious life expertise,” he stated. “If something, I’m simply happier. I’m grateful to be right here. I’m positively in a distinct psychological state, however I’d say it’s a greater psychological state.”