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No Green Jacket but Rahm still has reason to smile

By Andrew Both

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Jon Rahm had double reason to smile on Sunday carding a last spherical six-under 66 to declare a prime 5 Masters end and an image of his new born son.

It might not have been the Green Jacket ready for Rahm as he walked off the 18th inexperienced but a 66 or 96 it didn’t matter mentioned the world quantity three, who was still basking within the glow of his new born son final weekend.

“I finish the round and I get a picture from (his wife) Kelley, and no matter what I do, if I shoot 80 or 65, it’s the same feeling,” mentioned Rahm, the fiery Spaniard exuding a brand new calm. “You kind of forget, and I’m a parent again.”

Having arrived at Augusta National with little observe and little sleep Rahm couldn’t fairly get his sport in prime gear carding three consecutive rounds of even par 72 that left him an enormous 11 pictures again of entrance operating Hideki Matsuyama in the beginning of Sunday play.

Rahm had given himself little likelihood of getting his fingers on a Green Jacket but after a birdie on the twelfth glanced up on the scoreboard and his considering modified.

“It was all fun and games up until I made that birdie on 12 and I looked up and I’m like, I’m not that far away,” recalled Rahm, who now has 4 consecutive prime 10 Masters finishes. “When I made that birdie on 12, Hideki had just started and I believe he was one-over after one, and I’m like, I’m five shots back.

“If I end — you are considering perhaps birdie 13 and 15 and also you add another there, eight-under, he is at 10, he does not have the perfect entrance 9, hastily I’m within the combine.

“That’s kind of what I was thinking.”

Rahm, nonetheless, was solely in a position to add another birdie after the twelfth and Matsuyama refused to buckle beneath the mounting stress claiming a one shot victory over Will Zalatoris.

“It’s golf. What am I going to do?,” mentioned Rahm. “I showed up here Thursday mid-morning, haven’t hit a shot in six days, very little sleep.

“To be sincere, I wasn’t anticipating to play nearly as good as I did early on.”

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Michael Perry)

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