Jon Rahm tells incredible drunken story before winning The Masters

Jon Rahm let loose (real loose!) before The Masters following a chat with Jack Nicklaus, and it paid off! 

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Fri, 1 Sep 2023
Jon Rahm tells incredible drunken story before winning The Masters

Jon Rahm has revealed he shot a drunken round of 60 with pals two days before heading to Augusta National where he went on to win The Masters

Rahm, speaking on Golf Digest's The Loop podcast, explained how record 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus gave him some great advice on how best to approach the four major championships. 

Only Rahm took it to new heights. 

"He told me before a lot of majors, what he would do is, go to the venue, play Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, or something like that, and Friday, fly home," said Rahm. 

"And then, put the clubs in the closet. Not touch them Saturday, Sunday, and fly [back to the venue] Monday, and I was like, what? And he's like, 'yeah, yeah, I did that for every major.' I'm like, what do you mean you did that? Two days before you went, you did nothing golf-related? He was like 'no, I was with my family, forgot about golf.' And I was like, OK, I'm going to try this."

The Spaniard thought he would try out this new approach in 2023, only ahead of The Masters he took things to an extreme. 

Rahm, 30, said he went "as intense as can be" on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the season's first major at Augusta. 

He then went back home to Scottsdale, Arizona, and teed it up with pals at his home club, Silverleaf Golf Club. 

Only he let loose. Real loose in fact. 

Instead of listening to Jack and putting the clubs in the closet for 48 hours, Rahm played a skins game.

There was music, drinks, cigars. 

Things got so wild out there Rahm said he lost count of his score after eight drinks. 

Only when they all counted up the scores on the card at the end of the round, Rahm realised he had shot a 60

"We took it to an extreme," said Rahm.

"I told Kelley [Rahm's wife] we're going to have fun. We're with friends, we're playing music, we're all drinking, smoking cigars. My goal was to tee up driver on every single hole that's not a par 3, hit it as hard as I can and see what happens."

Rahm was then asked if that was his lowest round of golf at Silverleaf.

He replied with a smirk. 

"No, I've shot 59 twice, but sober."

Rahm of course went on to win The Masters the following week by four strokes.

That was his second career major title adding to his 2021 US Open. 

Don't be surprised to see Rahm rock up to Augusta National with a sore head in 2024. 

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