WATCH: Jon Rahm hits a hole in an incredible one in Masters training session – National

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Seve Ballesteros. Jose Maria Olazabal. Sergio Garcia.Jon Rahm would love to add his name to the list.

“There is such a history of Spanish champions here, with three great champions and three of my idols,” Rahm said on Tuesday ahead of a practice round at the Masters. “Five green jackets are going to Spain. I hope I can be the sixth.

A two-time winner this year who rose to world number 1 for the first time in his career, Rahm’s lack of a major victory remains the biggest hole in his CV.

He has moved closer to Augusta National, posting the top 10 on his last two trips here, including a fourth place finish in 2018.

And so far he’s having a good week.

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In practice Monday, Rahm sank a hole in one on the fourth hole with a five iron. And then on Tuesday, in the traditional attempt to jump a ball over the pond in front of the 16th green, Rahm hit a four-iron that bounced four times on the surface of the water, cut through the embankment and rolled around the back of the green and into the hole.

“The craziest thing. The second hole in one of the week, ”he said. “It could go two ways, right? Something special is happening, or I’m already unlucky. Then I do not know.

“I knew it would be a special week considering it’s my birthday today, so hopefully that will be the start of a lot of good things to come.”

Rahm, who turned 26 on Tuesday, said he hasn’t lost the fun of playing at Augusta National.

“I still have the same feeling as the first time I walk down Magnolia Lane,” he says. “Every day: yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day this week, I’m always going to have these butterflies in my stomach because it’s such an iconic place for golfers.

Rahm arrives in Augusta after a decisive year in which he won the Memorial and the BMW Championship – his first season with multiple PGA Tour wins – to finish fourth in the FedEx Cup standings. He has achieved 11 world wins since turning pro in 2016 and joins Justin Thomas, Bryson De Chambeau and Dustin Johnson as the only players with at least one PGA Tour victory in each of the past four seasons. .

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Rahm finished second in his last event, the Zozo Championship at Sherwood.

“I can’t lie, I feel pretty confident,” he says. “I think the best way to explain it (is) I’m just happy, outside of golf I’m happy, within the confines of this pandemic now, and I’m happy on the golf course as well … something special is happening this weekend.

If so, he would carry on a tradition that began with Ballesteros’ victory in 1980 (he also won in 83) and continued with Olazabal (1994, 99) and Garcia (2017). Garcia withdrew from this year’s tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Garcia said he started to have a sore throat and cough as he returned home to Austin, Texas on Saturday night after missing the cut at the Houston Open. It’s the first big Garcia to miss since the 1999 US Open.

“A little sad that Sergio couldn’t be a part of it. My heart is fine with him, ”said Rahm. “Knowing how special this week is for him, hoping for a speedy recovery for him.”

Rahm said he had barely eaten since the start of the pandemic – and even then, only when he can be sure it’s safe. He uses his own towel and does not approach anyone on the tee box.

Although he raised a caddy after his knockout on Tuesday, it will have to do it for the hype.

“I hope, because this is the week that it is and what’s going on in the world,” he said, “I think all the celebrations will have to be postponed to a time when it is obviously a little less dangerous. “

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