World No. 3 rates as a top pick for Augusta National, but he faces a possible obstacle: His wife is due to give birth on Masters weekend
So says none other than Jon Rahm.
“If anybody's thinking of a betting on me on the Masters, maybe think about it twice because there's a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week,” Rahm said Tuesday in Austin, Texas, where he will be seeded No. 3 in the WGC Match Play, which begins Wednesday.
It’s not that Rahm isn’t capable of winning the Masters. Though the five-time PGA Tour winner has yet to win a major championship, he has posted three consecutive top-10 results at Augusta National Golf Club. At No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he has recorded three top-10 results in five starts in 2021. So why the sudden lack of confidence?
The 26-year-old Spaniard is about to become a first-time dad, and it very might be Masters weekend.
His wife, Kelley, is due to deliver April 10-12, Rahm said. The Masters is scheduled for April 8-11.
“I'm ready to go at any moment's notice, to be honest,” said Rahm, who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. “If it happens today, I can go to the hotel and be gone quick.
“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that's my head right now.”
Perhaps Dustin Johnson, the oddsmakers’ favorite at 8-1, is looking even better for a successful defense of his 2020 green jacket.
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