Jon Rahm Masters Preview: Can the Spaniard win his second major?

Jon Rahm Masters Preview: Can the Spaniard win his second major?

Jon Rahm will continue his quest this week to win his second major championship and first Green Jacket. The World No. 3 has been one of the most dominant players on the planet over the last three years and is among the top betting favorites to win the Masters.

Odds on Rahm to Win

On most sportsbooks, Rahm ranges from 7/1 to 8/1 to win the Masters. Defending champion Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy sit around the same odds, with the next set of players in the field starting at 16/1.

When is Rahm’s tee time?

Rahm will tee off at 10:42 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:48 p.m. ET Friday in group 14 alongside world-ranked No. 10 Justin Thomas and No. 14 Viktor Hovland.

Has Rahm Won the Masters?

The 28-year-old has yet to win at Augusta but boasts an impressive record on the course. In six appearances, Rahm has two top-5s, four top-10s and two ties for 27th. He has never missed a cut.

Many Masters patrons know the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder for his memorable ace at the 16th hole during a practice round in 2020.

From 2018 to 2021, Rahm recorded finishes of 4th, T9, T7 and T5. Through 24 rounds at Augusta National, the Arizona State product owns a scoring average of 70.75 (1.25 strokes under par).

In Rahm’s fourth and fifth-place finishes in 2018 and 2021, he ended the tournament four strokes behind eventual champions Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama. Rahm’s lowest round at Augusta (65) came in the third round of the 2018 Masters.

Jon Rahm Masters Record


Jon Rahm Masters 2022

A year ago, in his tie for 27th with Viktor Hovland and Seamus Power, Rahm put together rounds of 74, 72, 77 and 69. He finished the tournament at 4-over-par. 

Rahm earned $111,000 for his efforts and owns $1,823,017 in career winnings at the Masters.

Rahm’s form entering the tournament

The 10-time PGA Tour winner comes into the Masters on fire. This season, Rahm has recorded three wins (In a 1.5-month span from Jan. 8 to Feb. 19) at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, American Express (back-to-back starts) and the Genesis Invitational. 

In nine starts this campaign, Rahm has only two finishes worse than T8. These include a withdrawal at the Player’s Championship due to a stomach bug and a T39 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

Currently, Rahm ranks first in the 2022-2023 PGA Tour FedEx Cup Rankings ahead of Max Homa and Scheffler.

In 2022, Rahm also captured three victories at the Mexico Open, Spanish Open and the DP World Tour Championship. These wins spread across the PGA (1) and DP World Tour (2). The in-form golfer has had nine total European Tour victories since 2017.

The Scottsdale, Arizona resident’s lone major victory came at the 2021 U.S. Open on the South Course of Torrey Pines. He defeated South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke.

Rahm has spent 46 weeks as the World No. 1 since 2020. He first achieved the feat in July 2020 and as recently as March 2023. This year, he’s traded the spot with Scheffler and McIlroy. A win at the Masters would return him to the top.

Notable Stats for Rahm

The following stats from the PGA Tour’s website showcase the category, value and rank on tour. 

Strokes Gained (Total): 2.498, 1st

Eagles (Holes per): 47.5, 1st

Birdie Average: 5.21, 1st

Scoring Average: 68.903, 1st

Approach shots 200-225 yards: 32’ 1”, 1st

SG Off the Tee: 3.99, 29th

SG Approach to Green: 1,002, 4th

SG Putting: .691, 12th

Total Driving: 125, 15th

Driving Distance: 314.1, 5th

Greens In Regulation: 72.8%, 3rd

Putting Average: 1.674, 2nd

For all stats, visit the tour’s website.


Rahm was born in the Basque region of Barrika, Spain, on November 10, 1994. He went on to win the 2011 European Boys’ Team Championship and the 2014 European Amateur Team Championship for his country.

He attended Arizona State University and won 11 times for the Sun Devils (second-most to Phil Mickelson). As an amateur, Rahm ranked No. 1 for 60 weeks which is an all-time record.

He became the first player to win the Ben Hogan award twice while in college. Rahm turned professional in 2016 and won his first PGA Tour event at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open.

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