Jon Rahm Golfs His Way to the Green Jacket


Masters champion Jon Rahm poses with his trophy. (Source: The Independent)

By Caitlin McDonough (II), Contributing Writer

On April 6, the 87th annual Masters Tournament officially kicked off. Since 1934, previously unknown golfers have competed on the world’s largest stage in front of avid fans to take the first step into their careers. With 72 holes of golf to be played, April 6 to 9 was set to be a busy few days as supporters across the world tuned in to watch the golfers compete.

Even though some consider this to be just another golf tournament, what sets the Masters apart is that “it is played on the same course every year,” says Evelyn Parkerson (IV), a member of the Boston Latin School varsity golf team.

Most competitors were familiar with the terrain, as the tournament was held at the esteemed Augusta National Golf Club; however, they had to adjust to inclement weather. Going into the tournament, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy were heavy favorites along with Scottie Scheffler, the reigning champion. Knowing that any outcome was possible, all three golfers honed in on their game to live up to the hype. For the first time in his career, Rahm won, crowned with the illustrious green jacket that marks golfers’ victory. With a number of familiar faces absent from the competition due to their decision to abandon the tournament in favor of the Saudi Arabian golf league, this year gave new golfers a chance to shine. This tournament almost marked the return of the legendary golfer Tiger Woods, but he had to pull out of the competition due to an injury. Many believed that this would have been his last tournament, but “Tiger has made a career of proving people wrong, so I would never count him out,” says Parkerson.

At the start of the first day, players were eager to get back on the green, and it showed when multiple golfers shot on par or better. Brooks Koepka took an early lead, making him the favorite to win. The next day, however, play was suspended multiple times because of lousy weather, forcing the contestants to push themselves even harder to avoid distractions. The bad weather caused an exhilarating final few days as each competitor wanted to edge out the rest and claim the green jacket.

Partway through the third round on Saturday, Brooks Koepka was first on the leaderboard, beginning the day with a 13 under. Understanding Rahm was close behind, Koepka needed to shoot two bogeys and a 3-over 75 to conclude his third round. Play, however, was suspended once again due to more rainfall in the area.

Rahm recognized that it was time to step it up and make up the difference in points. He gained two strokes on Koepka, and the competition’s outcome came down to the final round. Koepka hit a bogey three times while Rahm remained steady and hit one under. From there, Koepka could not make up the ground on Rahm.

On April 9 at 7:21 P.M., Rahm sank his par attempt, winning his second-ever major. He finished the tournament with seven pars and two birdies, officially securing his elusive green jacket. The result made him the fourth Spaniard to win the Masters, anchoring his place in history. His already impressive record, including a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the American Express and Genesis Invitational, has grown. Rahm is now receiving significant attention from across the globe, considered by some a force to be reckoned with.

Although the biggest headline from the tournament was Rahm’s victory, other major headlines included the apparent rise of a new golf superstar: Sam Bennett. The American impressed viewers early on with 136 in the first 36 holes, but ultimately finished 16th. Regardless, his performance marked one of the best amateur performances in the past decades.

Despite their success, competitors will be putting these results behind them as they prepare for the Professional Golfers’ Association Championship in the upcoming weeks. Many familiar faces will be in attendance, looking to claim glory or improve their puts.