By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – New dad Jon Rahm was the final of the 88 gamers within the Masters subject to reach at Augusta National, and he moved rapidly to dispel a hearsay that he had named his child after Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Rahm’s spouse Kelley gave beginning to a boy, Kepa, on Saturday morning, leaving the world quantity three to spend a couple of days serving to out with dad or mum duties earlier than turning his consideration to golf’s first main of 2021.
He arrived on-site on the course at mid-morning on the eve of the event and he was nonetheless floating on cloud 9 as he spoke concerning the expertise.
“From Thursday to Monday didn’t sleep much, didn’t hit a single golf shot,” the Spaniard instructed reporters.
“You know, maybe haven’t prepared as much as I have in the past, but definitely mentally in a different state, right.
“A whole lot of occasions practising for a significant you spend a lot time excited about golf, and for 4 or 5 days it wasn’t even on my thoughts, which is type of refreshing.”
Rahm, a supporter of Spanish soccer team Athletic Bilbao where Arrizabalaga played before joining Chelsea in 2018, explained that they had chosen ‘Kepa’ as it is a traditional name in the Basque Country, the golfer’s home region.
“The title Kepa is Basque,” Rahm said.
“It’s the place I’m from within the Basque Country, and after we have been going by way of Basque names, as a result of she (Kelley) agreed to honour my heritage that method, we simply needed to discover one which she may pronounce, and that is the one we got here up with that she actually preferred.
“But I do think a lot of people believe I’m a Chelsea fan now. No…”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Toby Davis)