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‘This one is for Seve’: Spain’s Jon Rahm pays tribute to hero after Masters win

Jon Rahm from Spain has won the 87th Masters at Augusta National.

40 years after Seve Ballesteros lost his second Masters title, Rahm, on his 66th Birthday, became the fourth Spanish winner at Augusta National, after Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia, and Ballesteros.

The 2021 US Open champion shot a closing 69 and finished 12 under par, four strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson. Brooks Koepka was also 12 under.

Rahm said, “History of golf is a big part why I play and why I should play,” after Seve, his father, took up golf after seeing Ballesteros lead Europe to victory at Valderrama 1997 Ryder Cup.

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“If it weren’t for the Ryder Cup in 1997, my dad, and I, talk about it constantly, we don’t even know where we’d be as a family or where we’d be.”

It’s very meaningful for me to complete it on the 40th anniversary, his birthday, and Easter Sunday.

He said, “To close it off the same way I did it, an uncommon par, very much Seve par. It was [unintentionally] his testament, and I know that he was pulling in my favor today.

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“This is for Seve. He was always there to help me, and he did.

Rahm was hugged behind the 18th hole by Jose Maria Olazabal, a two-time Masters champion. Sergio Garcia, the fourth Spaniard to win at August 2017, also won the 9 April.

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Rahm said that he hoped it was the first of many.

“We both spoke about Seve, and if we had lasted 10 seconds more, I believe we would have both been crying.

“I like history to repeat itself. Sergio was the lowest am when Ollie won the second Masters in 1999. Sergio won my first start.”


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