The 87th Masters Tournament won by Jon Rahm
After shooting a 12-under par round and winning by four shots, Jon Rahm is crowned champion of the 87th Masters Tournament. In the four rounds, his score was 65+69+73+69=276-12. He is again back on top of the world rankings after winning his second major event.
The 2016 Arizona State Bachelor of Arts in Communications graduate is only the second man in program history and the first Sun Devil after Phil Mickelson in 2010 to win golf’s most prestigious championship.
In his junior year at Arizona State University, Rahm won an embarrassing 11 tournaments and posted the third-lowest scoring average in the history of college golf. He was a two-time first-team All-American while playing for the Maroon and Gold and received the Ben Hogan Award in 2015 and 2016.
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After the 2021 US Open, he will have won 11 professional tournaments for Arizona State, second only to Mickelson’s booming 42 victories.
Mickelson, a three-time winner at the Masters, shot a final-round 7-under 65 to tie for second and finish at -2 for the tournament. With a score of 71-69-75-65=280/-8, he became the oldest man to finish in the top five at Augusta National, at the age of 52.
After Ohio State’s Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in 1975, Arizona State became only the second school to have both the winner and runner-up at the same Masters Tournament. Joining Texas, Houston, and Stanford as the only other schools with multiple Masters Winners is Arizona State University.
The weekend’s schedule at Augusta National was seriously affected by severe weather, with the top contenders completing their third round on Sunday morning. Rahm was two strokes behind Brooks Koepka over 54 holes, and four strokes down going into the final day of competition.
Rahm improved to 10 under par for the tournament with a birdie on the 495-yard fourth hole. Koepka tied the game with a bogey on the fourth hole.
Rahm took the lead after making a par putt on hole six while Koepka bogeyed.
Rahm’s fortunes continued to turn for the better at the eighth hole, a par-5 measuring 570 yards. After three shots, he was still a few feet out from the green, but he unleashed a magnificent swing with his wedge and made the putt for a birdie. With a final round score of 2 under par, he finished the tournament 11 under par and two shots ahead of Koepka.
Rahm ended the front nine at 10-under par, one stroke ahead of Koepka and a resurgent Jordan Spieth, who both finished at 8-under just minutes before Rahm reached the green on 10.
Rahm put some distance between himself and the rest of the field midway through the back nine. After making birdies on holes 13 and 14, he was four strokes ahead of Mickelson at 12-under.
The crowd cheered loudly as he made a birdie at the 440-yard, par-4 14th hole.
Rahm never dropped below 12 under the rest of the way, and Koepka never got closer than three shots.