Rahm takes Augusta National golf tourney in superb comeback effort

Chicago, Apr 9 (EFE).- Jon Rahm won the Augusta National Masters Tournament on Sunday, the second major championship win of his career, beating out leader Brooke Koepka with a 12-under par score of 276.

The 28-year-old got past a two-stroke disadvantage ultimately surpassing Koepka by four strokes, with his back-nine play being decisive, thus becoming the fourth Spaniard to notch a second major tourney, along with Severiano Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, the latter in 2017.

Ballesteros, who died in 2011 and is considered to be one of the best golfers ever, won the tourney in 1980 and 1983, and Olazabal took first place in 1994 and 1999.

Brooks had been ahead after three rounds and through much of the fourth, but the Basque native shot 69 and triumphed in the final round of a contest that saw high heat on the first day and storms on Friday and Saturday.

Rahm went three under par during the final round at the Augusta National Golf Club and prevailing over both Koepka and Phil Mickelson by four strokes.

Mickelson shot an impressive seven under par on Sunday – his best August score ever – to pull even with Koepka at an overall eight under for the contest.

The much-coveted win enables Rahm to regain the No. 1 ranking position on the Official World Golf Ranking for the fifth time in his career.

EFE am/bp

Related Articles

Back to top button