Jon Rahm wins Masters


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Kaylee Donnelly, Senior Writer

The Masters kicked off last week at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., with a roster full of famous names in golf. This year, Jon Rahm took the title, taking home around $3.24 million and being the fourth man from Spain to ever win the tournament. He follows behind Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and José María Olazábal. Along with Ballesteros, Rahm also became the second Spanish player to win two different majors. 

Rahm has been excellent this year, winning four tournaments in the past several months. He won both the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the American Express in January, as well as the Genesis Invitational in February. His victory at Augusta National now earns him a green jacket and his fourth win. Worldwide, winning the Masters puts him at seven victories. The Masters is his second major win next to the 2021 U.S. Open.

Rahm won the tournament at 12-under 276, four strokes under the next closest player. In second was Phil Mickelson, who had a miraculous comeback after a mediocre first round. He finished his last day at 65, recording eight birdies and five on his final seven holes. Brooks Koepka tied for second. Jordan Speith, Patrick Reed and Russel Henley tied for fourth. 

Tiger Woods, a five-time Masters champion and one of the many high-profile names on the course that weekend, ended up dropping out of the tournament after his third round on Saturday. He tweeted before the final round on Sunday that he has reaggravated his plantar fasciitis.

The total payout for the tournament was $18 million, the highest in Masters history. It was raised from the 15 million handout in 2022. After this victory, Rahm became the highest paid champion to win the Masters in history, more than defending champion Scottie Scheffler who earned 630,000 less dollars the year before. This marks the largest year-to-year increase in tournament history as well. Mickelson and Koepka received about $1.5 million each, while all the fourth place participants received a little over 700,000 dollars. 

While the largest payout is not unusual, the increase is quite significant, as everyone in the top 10 will make over $480,000, and everyone in the top 34 will make over six figures. 

The champion comes out of this tournament holding several records, but also kind words for his former players. Rahm mentioned that the other Spainard legend, Seve Ballesteros, was a big inspiration for his career. Ballesteros’ history and his golf career was “incredibly meaningful” to Rahm, especially as he won the Masters on the fortieth anniversary of Ballesteros’ second Masters win in 1983 and on Easter Sunday. The young golfer was even congratulated on the eighteenth green by another Spanish golf legend, José María Olazábal, who had won the Masters for Spain twice in 1994 and 1999. 

For golf fans, the next major tournament will be May 18–21, where the PGA Championship will take place at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. 

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