Spanish stars unite as Jon Rahm rally to win Masters

Jon Rahm started with a four-shot deficit in the cold of the morning on Sunday and finished in the setting sun as the fourth Spaniard to become Masters champion, turning his longest day into his greatest victory. I was.

Rahm finished with a 3-under 69 to pull away from error-prone Brooks Koepka. He beat Koepka and his 52-year-old Phil his Mickelson by four strokes, and Mickelson recorded his tournament-high 65 RBIs. He is the oldest runner-up in Masters history.

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Scotty Schaeffler outfitted Spain’s Jon Rahm in a green jacket after winning the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday.

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It was Mickelson who declared Rahm to be golf’s biggest star even before the Spaniard turned pro in 2016. Rahm is now on the green to match his 2021 US Open title at Torrey Pines. is wearing a jacket from

Rahm made up two shots against Koepka on the final 12 holes of a rain-delayed third round to start the final round two shots behind. He grabbed Koepka’s collapse, so far ahead that Mickelson’s amazing closing round — his three-time Masters at Augusta National, the best final round ever for his champion — wasn’t enough. soared.

Nothing was more satisfying than climbing uphill to the 18th green to claim the green jacket on a day full of Spanish stars. Sunday marks the birthday of his idol, the late Seve Ballesteros, and his 40th anniversary since Ballesteros won his second Masters title.

Rahm hugged his wife and two children and walked towards the scoring room to find two-time Masters champion José María Olazabal in a green jacket hugging him tighter than anyone else.

Rahm won his fourth title this year — just like Scotty Schaeffler won the Masters a year ago — regaining the world No. 1 ranking from Schaeffler.

This masters had a little bit of everything. Hot and humid at the start, winds from a cold front, he had three trees knocked down on Friday, rain flooded the surface on Saturday, and a marathon on Sunday as Rahm and Koepka completed 30 holes. Finished.

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At 52, Phil Mickelson was the oldest runner-up in Masters history.

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Koepka lost the lead for the first time since Thursday afternoon when he chipped 20 feet over the hole from behind the par-3 sixth and made his second bogey. There will be more.

To make matters worse, Koepka didn’t birdie for 22 consecutive holes on Sunday, from the par-5 8th in the morning of the third round to the par-5 13th in the final round. By then, he was three shots behind him, and Rahm nearly sealed it on his next shot.

He hit a low cut around the trees from the right of the 14th fairway that hit the slope just to the right of the 14th green and fell to three feet for birdie. It was a matter of finishing.

Rahm missed the fairway on the final hole with his tee shot caught in a tree. no matter. He played on the fairway, hit a wedge to his three feet and tapped in for the win.

The leaderboard was littered with major champions and had the feel of Saudi-funded LIV golf. Both Mickelson and Koepka are part of the rival circuit. Another player who defected to LIV, former Masters champion Patrick Reed finished with 68, tied for fourth with Jordan Spieth (66) and Russell Henry. Spanish stars unite as Jon Rahm rally to win Masters

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