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Jon Rahm had a unique take on advice from Jack Nicklaus and embarked on a booze-fuelled round just days before his Masters victory.
The Spaniard has told Golf Digest the epic story of his drunk round on the Friday before Masters week this year, where he memorably outlasted Brooks Koepka to slip into his first Green Jacket.
In incredible pre-major preparations, the care-free Rahm somehow managed to shoot one of his lowest scores ever with his friends – while the drinks were flowing.
“I kind of took advice from Jack Nicklaus a little bit differently to what I probably would have done,” he explained on The Loop podcast.
“But he told me before a lot of majors what he would do is go to the venue, play Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, then put the clubs in the closet then not touch them Saturday, Sunday and fly Monday.”
Rahm continued: “I was like, okay, I’m going to try this. I told Kelley (Cahill, wife) Dave Phillips (coach) is going to fly in and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday I’m going to go as intense as can be.
The Friday before this year’s Masters, Jon Rahm let LOOSE.
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“Friday at Silverleaf Golf Club they have what they call a black and blues, which is a men’s game. I play from two or three tee boxes up and it’s a Skins game.
“You have handicaps, it’s half strokes and you go and have fun – and we took that to the extreme. I told Kelley we’re going to have fun. I was playing with friends and we’re playing music.
“We’re all drinking, smoking cigars – they were smoking, I wasn’t really – and my goal was to tee up driver on every single hole that’s not a par three, hit as hard as I can and see what happens.
“We stopped counting after eight drinks. I started with an eagle on nine and we finished on eight. I hit driver on the par five, hit a pitching wedge and made eagle.
“The funny part is – I didn’t even know what I shot, I had no idea, I was making putts, it was a pretty good round – it ended up being 60. I ended up collecting a whole lot of cash thanks to that even though I gave a lot of strokes back.
Rahm said he has shot 59 twice before on the ultra-exclusive Silverleaf course in Arizona where he practices, but those rounds were completed while he was sober.
“I did not touch a club Saturday-Sunday,” he said, “went Monday to the Masters and won it.”
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