Former Arizona State graduate Jon Rahm got the coveted green jacket after securing his victory at the 87th Masters, rewriting history books in the process. Rahm surged past LIVs’ Brooks Koepka to capture his first Masters win at only 28 years old.
Rahm also reclaimed his official World Rank No.1 spot in the process. In fact, this will be the first time that the former champion, Scottie Scheffler, slips the jacket onto the man who is replacing him.
It was an absolutely incredible feat by the Spaniard after four-putting on the opening hole of the tournament, then trailing by four shots entering the next day. Only two other players have accomplished that, one being fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros in 1983. His win marks his sixth in his last 12 starts on the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour.
It is also his 11th TOUR title and second major, the other being the 2021 U.S. Open champion. Rahm is the only European player to win both the U.S Open and Masters. Already during the 2022-23 season, Rahm has four wins, setting a new record for himself.
However, Rahm’s success on the PGA TOUR is to no one’s surprise. During his freshman year in Tempe, he led the nation in birdies (165) while defeating the then-NCAA Champion and current PGA pro Max Homa by three strokes. The nation took notice when Rahm, still a junior at ASU, tied for fifth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, notching himself as the first amateur to place top-five since Chris Wood in 2008.
His senior year was no different, with him winning the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award while also capping his collegiate career ranked no.1 by the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
“It wasn’t too long ago that Jon was just like the guys on this team,” said ASU mens golf coach Matt Thurmond. “Being able to see him and look up to him and think of what’s possible for themselves is a really special thing. “Jon comes around and the guys all know him; he’s a big part of our program and seeing what he’s doing is inspiring for all of us.” From college to the pros, Rahm’s accolades and talent have come full swing.