We posted a few days ago that the rising star, Jon Rahm could be a contender this weekend to win The Masters in Augusta. Obviously, we are not alone in that prediction, especially since the worlds #1 player, Dustin Johnson is watching from home nursing a back injury. Here is an article posted on SBNation.
Rahm’s length makes him dangerous at Augusta
His average driving distance this year on the PGA Tour is 303 yards, which ranks him 22nd among tour players. He smashed an outrageous 426-yarder off the tee last month at the World Golf Championship’s Dell Match Play event, where he finished in another tie for third. That was his worst placement in two WGC events in March.Rahm has been devastatingly good in 2017. He is fourth in FedEx Cup points, and he’s got four top-10s and a Farmers Insurance Open win in his seven starts. He hasn’t finished lower than 16th in any event. He’s played with the sort of consistency that should allow a now-22-year-old to stay competitive at a vexing place like Augusta.
Long drives might be especially critical this week. Rain is expected at Augusta throughout Wednesday, and it’s likely to be cool there on Thursday and Friday. This probably will not be a fast golf course, at least at first, so players running shorter tee shots up Augusta’s pristine fairways might find trouble.
If you can mash the ball, you’re less vulnerable. This will make Rahm more dangerous, along with players like world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Hudson Swafford, Hideki Matsuyama, and Rickie Fowler. Length is going to matter.
Rahm shot a two-under 70 on Friday, to go along with his 73 on Thursday. This puts him in contention at -1 going into the weekend, and is just a few strokes off the lead at this time. The kid can absolutely bomb it, and was the only person to birdie 13 on Friday, and he actually had an eagle putt that he left just short.
Rahm is likely a bit disappointed after his round on Friday as he had a short 7 foot putt on 18 that just missed, which would have put him behind leaders Sergio Garcia and Charley Hoffman. If this guy is experiencing any nerves for playing at The Masters for the first time, he is obviously not showing it at this time. This weekend should be a lot of fun to watch!