Jon Rahm made history this Sunday with his victory at the Augusta Masters. Barrika’s man becomes the fourth Spaniard to wear the green jacket, after Severiano Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio García, in addition to equaling Seve in his feat of winning two different ‘big’ titles and the first European to win Masters and US Open.
As if this were not enough, ‘Rahmbo’ regains number 1 in the world ranking with a total of 10.8668 points, surpassing Scottie Scheffler, who falls to second place with 10.5645, and Rory McIlroy who falls to third place with with 8.7888 points.
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But the sportsman does not live only on sporting glory, and Jon Rahm leaves Augusta with his pockets full. And it is that this year’s Masters has increased its economic endowment, awarding the winner a check for 3.24 million dollars (2.97 million euros), a figure that exceeds the prize achieved in 2022 by more than 600,000 dollars.
Scottie Scheffler and that leaves almost an anecdote about the money that Severiano Ballesteros took 40 years ago ($55,000). The Basque, playing golf like a book, becomes the fourth Spaniard in history after Seve Ballesteros, Txema Olazábal and Sergio García, to put on the green jacket; he wins his second Grand Slam after the 2021 US Open and recovers the world number one.
It is the tenth Grand Slam of the Navy
“It is the tenth greatest in Spain and the sixth jacket. It is hard for me to explain it because seeing Sergio win here was incredible and that really makes you believe that there is something special for Spaniards here.
It is our destiny to play well here. It is an honor for me,” Rahm said at a press conference. “I didn’t want to believe it until it was something fixed. I remember Rafa Nadal‘s book, when he talks about the 2008 Wimbledon final with Federer, when he hits a great shot and for the first time he let himself think about victory.
I think it was the fourth set and then they went to the fifth set. He explains that allowing himself to think about the victory made him lose the set. That’s why you have to stick to what is important at the moment,” he said.
And he acknowledged that he still has a hard time believing in the consequences of his achievement, including the right to play in Augusta for the rest of his life. “Not even close to having processed it yet. The only thing I know is going to happen is that the chef José Andrés is going to make the menu for me every year.
The rest I still haven’t let my thoughts go so far. I imagine that tomorrow he will come present , but at the moment it’s almost like I don’t realize it. An honor to be able to come here for the rest of my life,” he said.
Jon Rahm wins is one of the biggest prize fund in the event’s history.
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