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New dad Rahm at Augusta ‘able to compete’

AUGUSTA, Georgia — Jon Rahm, whose spouse gave start to their first little one this previous weekend, arrived at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership on Wednesday, the day earlier than the opening spherical of the Masters Match.

Rahm, the No. 3-ranked participant on this planet, mentioned he hasn’t performed the course since November, when the Spaniard tied for seventh within the pandemic-delayed 2020 Masters, his third straight top-10 end within the occasion.

“Properly, my concern is that I am coming to a Masters and from Thursday to Monday did not sleep a lot, did not hit a single golf shot,” Rahm mentioned. “You recognize, perhaps have not ready as a lot as I’ve up to now, however undoubtedly mentally in a unique state, proper? Numerous occasions working towards for a significant you spend a lot time serious about golf, and for 4 or 5 days, it wasn’t even on my thoughts, which is form of refreshing.

“Coming right here later than regular, however I am right here able to compete. I would not be right here in any other case.”

Rahm will tee off at 10:42 a.m. ET on Thursday with Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy.

Final month, Rahm had mentioned that he’d skip the Masters, the primary main of the season, if mandatory due to the pending start.

Rahm mentioned his spouse, Kelley, went to the hospital Friday morning and gave start to their son, Kepa, at 12:15 a.m. on Saturday. Rahm mentioned their plan was at all times for him to attend his son’s first appointment with a pediatrician on Tuesday after which go away for Augusta.

Rahm, 26, mentioned he was too busy to suppose a lot about golf through the earlier 4 days.

“Keep up all evening and alter diapers,” Rahm mentioned. “That is principally all I can do, attempt to get the child to sleep and assist her breastfeed. That is about it. I really feel like I discovered fairly rapidly. She is the one which has, clearly, all the ability over the child; she feeds and the whole lot. My job was taking good care of Kelley. Be sure she’s consuming, ensure that she’s ingesting, ensure that she’s attempting to relaxation on the proper occasions, interval, and that is what I did.”

Rahm mentioned he deliberate to spend a bit of further time hitting lag putts and chipping on Wednesday since Augusta Nationwide’s situations are a lot firmer and quicker than they had been in November.

“I am not involved,” he mentioned. “I went by means of a significant life expertise. If something, I am simply happier. I am grateful to be right here. If something, undoubtedly a unique psychological state, however I might say it is a greater psychological state.

“I do not know, turning into a father is just a bit totally different. And once more, for therefore lengthy I did not suppose I used to be going to have the ability to be right here. I believed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday I used to be simply going to need to get the ticket again residence, proper?

“So once more, I am comfortable that she’s wholesome. I am comfortable that he’s wholesome. I am grateful that they are each doing nice, and I am actually comfortable I will be right here rested and able to compete.”