AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Jon Rahm (-11) is the champion of the 87th Masters Tournament.
Rahm shot 69 in Sunday’s final round at Augusta National Golf Club to overcome a four-stroke deficit to begin the day, and two strokes to start the final round, and overtake overnight leader Brooks Koepka to win by three.
It is the second major championship for Rahm, who also won the 2021 U.S. Open. He becomes the fourth player from Spain to win a Green Jacket, after Seve Ballesteros (1980, ’83), Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, ’99) and Sergio Garcia (2017). Spain is home to more Masters champions than any other country outside of the United States.
“Hard to put it into words,” Rahm said. “Obviously we all dream of things like this as players, and you try to visualize what it’s going to be like and what it’s going to feel like. And when I hit that third shot on the green, and I could tell it was close by the crowd’s reaction, just the wave of emotion of so many things just overtook me. Never thought I was going to cry by winning a golf tournament, but I got very close on that 18th hole.”
Koepka (-8) shot 75 to finish tied for second.
“Obviously it’s super disappointing, right. Didn’t play good enough to win,” Koepka said. “Didn’t feel like I did too much wrong, but that’s how golf goes sometimes.”
Three-time champion Phil Mickelson (-8) tied the lowest round of his Masters career with a 65 and recorded the lowest round by a golfer over 50 at the Masters. At 52, he becomes the oldest player to finish in the top five at Augusta, besting fellow three-time Masters champion Jimmy Demaret, who was 51 when he accomplished the feat in 1962.
“I’m hopeful that this kind of catapults me into playing the rest of the year the way I believe I’m playing,” Mickelson said. “I really worked hard in the off-season to get ready. I’ve been shooting some really low scores at home, and today I kind of let it happen rather than trying to force it, and I had a really good day and made some noise.”
“Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, but it was really a lot of fun for me to play at this level again, and it’s encouraging for me going forward the rest of the year.”
Five-time champion Tiger Woods withdrew from the tournament early Sunday morning due to injury. He was +6 through the first seven holes of his third round when play was suspended on Saturday. Television coverage showed him limping noticeably before the stoppage in play.
He explained his decision in a tweet.
Rahm and Koepka began their Sunday by resuming the weather-delayed third round at No. 7. Soon after play resumed, Rahm, trailing by four overnight, rolled in a birdie putt. Koepka bogeyed, trimming his lead to two, where it remained to start the final round.
Rahm will receive $3,240,000 in prize money.
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