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Expectant father Rahm prepared to leave Masters for son’s birth

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Spaniard Jon Rahm stated on Tuesday he wouldn’t miss the birth of his first youngster and was prepared to stroll away from the Masters at a second’s discover to guarantee he can be by his spouse’s facet for the big day.

World quantity three Rahm stated his spouse was due to give birth between April 10 and 12, a three-day stretch that features the ultimate two rounds of the 12 months’s first main at Augusta National Golf Club.

“All I can say is if anybody’s thinking of betting on me on the Masters, maybe think about it twice because there’s a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week,” Rahm stated from Austin Country Club forward of this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play occasion.

Rahm has 5 PGA Tour victories however has but to triumph at certainly one of golf’s 4 main tournaments. His finest exhibiting on the Masters got here in 2018 when he completed fourth.

The 26-year-old Spaniard stated his spouse and son have been doing nicely and that he was uncertain how a lot he might depend on the due date.

“I hear all kinds of stories, right, from people saying, oh, first one is always late, two people say, well, no, mine were early, this and that,” stated Rahm.

“So I don’t know. I’m excited about it. I’m trying to take it one day at a time. And I can tell you I’m ready to go at any moment’s notice.”

Rahm will face Ryan Palmer, former British Open champion Shane Lowry and Sebastian Munoz in round-robin play this week in Austin the place the winner of every group advances to a 16-player knockout part.

“If I have to leave this week, hopefully it doesn’t come when I’m in the final and I just have to leave after nine holes. I mean, that would be unfortunate for the winner, but it is what it is,” stated Rahm.

“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that’s my head right now.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; enhancing by Clare Fallon)

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