AUGUSTA, Ga. – In his first round as a father, Jon Rahm avoided the pitfalls that seemed to crop up everywhere on a windy Thursday at the Masters, and ended his day on a par 72 that put him in 13th place.
Rahm and his wife Kelley had the couple’s first child, Kepa Cahill, last Sunday, and the Spaniard didn’t arrive at Augusta National until Wednesday. Despite his limited preparation, Rahm said he was happy with his game on the first day.
« I wouldn’t say anything extraordinary, but nothing bad, » he said. “The only thing I could probably say is – hopefully to get better during the week – my pace on the greens, but everyone had problems. Rory [McIlroy] struggled. Xander [Schauffele] struggled. I struggled. «
Rahms struggles on the greens were understandable given his limited preparation and how the course has consolidated since Monday.
Rory McIlroy shot 76 to reopen his quest for the career grand slam But McIlroy still got some positive results.
« I played with Ryan [Palmer] and Scottie [Scheffler] on Wednesday and they told me how firm it was the day before and how it was a little softer and played slower. I didn’t know what to collect, « said Rahm. » A putting green was a speed, the course was a speed. I thought you know what? I’ll try to rest and tee off tomorrow. » / p>
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