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Masterful! Jon Rahm skips ball across the pond and nails a hole-in-one during Masters practice round

The Masters, professional golf’s most prestigious tournament, doesn’t begin until Thursday, but Jon Rahm may have won the practice round.

The Spaniard, who is the world’s second-ranked golfer, lined up on the par-3 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia during the warm-up round on Tuesday.

As per tradition, players try their best to skip the ball across the pond to see how close they can get to the pin.

But Rahm not only managed to get close to the pin. He pulled off a 224-yard miracle shot that ended in the hole.

Jon Rahm (right), the world’s No. 2 golfer, reacts on Tuesday after hitting a miraculous hole-in-one shot during a practice round at August National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. His caddie, Adam Hayes (seen in green hat), and US golfer Rickie Fowler are seen left

As per tradition, players try their best to skip the ball across the pond to see how close they can get to the pin on the par-3 16th hole

As per tradition, players try their best to skip the ball across the pond to see how close they can get to the pin on the par-3 16th hole

Rahm’s shot skipped over the water three times before making it onto the green - an impressive achievement in and of itself

Rahm’s shot skipped over the water three times before making it onto the green – an impressive achievement in and of itself

But the ball kept going across the green before it eventually found the cup

But the ball kept going across the green before it eventually found the cup

Rahm gives fellow PGA Tour golf pro Rickie Fowler a high-five after his impressive feat

Rahm gives fellow PGA Tour golf pro Rickie Fowler a high-five after his impressive feat

Rahm’s shot skipped over the water three times before making it onto the green – an impressive achievement in and of itself.

But the ball kept going across the green before it eventually found the cup.

Rahm is then seen throwing up his hands in the air and high-fiving his caddie as well as fellow golfer Rickie Fowler, who was his playing partner for the day.

Forty years after Seve Ballesteros claimed Spain’s first Masters victory, Jon Rahm is eager to add his name to the list of his high-achieving countrymen and clinch his first major title at Augusta this week. 

Rahm has enjoyed a blockbuster 2020, claiming the Memorial title in July, and a brief stint at the top of the world rankings, before clinching the BMW Championship with a thrilling playoff victory in August.

He told reporters he wanted to bring home a sixth green jacket for Spain, particularly after 2017 Masters winner and compatriot Sergio Garcia was forced to drop out this week after testing positive for COVID-19.

‘There’s such (a) Spanish history of champions here, with three great champions (including Jose Maria Olazabal) and three idols of mine, that I would love to be able to add my name to that list,’ said Rahm, who finished tied for ninth in 2019.

‘Especially this year, being a little bit sad that Sergio is not going to be able to be part of this. My heart goes out to him.’

Rahm has enjoyed a blockbuster 2020, claiming the Memorial title in July, and a brief stint at the top of the world rankings, before clinching the BMW Championship with a thrilling playoff victory in August

Rahm has enjoyed a blockbuster 2020, claiming the Memorial title in July, and a brief stint at the top of the world rankings, before clinching the BMW Championship with a thrilling playoff victory in August

Rahm, who turned 26 on Tuesday, was not even born when Ballesteros won the Masters in 1980 and 1983, but cited his countryman’s triumph as captain of Team Europe in the 1997 Ryder Cup at Sotogrande, Spain, as a massive influence.

‘I owe everything to that week. I’m here because of that week,’ Rahm told reporters. 

‘I try to always make my part and hopefully still grow the game in Spain and around the world.’

In his fourth Masters, Rahm hopes to harness his experience at the tournament to topple rivals including world number one Dustin Johnson and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy.

‘You don’t need to play perfect golf to win at Augusta National. You just need to stay true to yourself and just play the best you can with what you have at the moment,’ said Rahm.

‘I’ve erred about being too aggressive in the past, and I’ve made birdies, but I’ve also made some big numbers.’    


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