Severe ballastero. Jose Maria Olazabal. Sergio Garcia.
John Reham would love to add his name to the list.
“Here is the Spanish history of the champion, including three great champions and three of my statues,” Rahme said Tuesday before the practice round at the Masters. “Five green jackets have traveled to Spain. Hopefully, I can be sixth. “
The two-time winner this year, who ranked first in the world for the first time in his career, Rahm’s lack of a big win remained the biggest hole in his resume.
He has come close to the last Gusta National, posting in the top 10 in his last two trips, ending fourth in 2018.
And yet, he’s been doing it for a week.
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In practice Monday, Rahm sank a hole-in-one on the fourth hole with a five-iron. And then on Tuesday, during a traditional attempt to drop the ball on the lake in front of the 16th green, Raheem bounced four times on the surface of the water, wrapped a four-lane bridge, cut the ridge, and turned around. Green behind and in the hole.
“This crazy thing. Another hole of the week, ”he said. “It can go two ways, right? Something special is going on, or I’m already out of luck. So I don’t know.
“I knew it would be a special week to see my birthday today, so I hope it’s the beginning of a lot of good things to come.”
On Tuesday, Reham, 26, said he had not lost the thrill of playing at Augusta National.
“I always feel like the first time I go down Magnolia Lane,” he said. “Everyday: Yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day this week, I will still carry those butterflies in my stomach because it is such a prestigious place for golfers.”
To reach fourth place in the FedEx Cup standings – Raheem reached Augusta after a progressing year in which he won the Memorial and BMW Championships. He has 11 wins worldwide since becoming worldwide in 2016 and joins Justin Thomas, Bryson de Chembu and Dustin Johnson as the only players to have won at least one PGA Tour in the last four seasons.
Rahm finished second in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood in her last event.
“I can’t lie, I feel confident,” he said. “I think the best way to explain it is (is) I’m just happy, off the golf course, I’m happy, I’m in the epidemic now, and I’m happy on the golf course too … hopefully, this Something special happens on the weekends. “
If so, he will continue the tradition that began with the victory of Belle Lesteros in 1980 (he also won in ’83) and continued with Olasabal (1994, ’99) and Garcia (2017). Garcia withdrew from this year’s tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Garcia said he started having a sore throat and cough when he was on his way home from Austin, Texas on Saturday night after missing a cut at the Houston Open on Saturday night. He will miss the first big Garcia since the 1999 US Open.
“It’s a little sad that Sergio won’t be able to be a part of this. My heart goes out to him, ”Rahm said. “Hoping for a quick recovery for her, knowing how special this week is for her.”
Raheem said he has barely recovered since the epidemic began – and even then, when he can be sure he is safe. He uses his own towel and no one has a T-box.
Still, he did a KD high-panchayat after his hole-in-one on Tuesday, it will have to do for Hupla.
“Hopefully, because it’s the week that’s what it is and what’s going on in the world,” he said, “I think all the celebrations will be postponed when it’s obviously a little less dangerous.”
20 2020 Canadian Press
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