Rahm paying little attention to rookie history in Masters bid

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When told first-timers do not do well at Augusta, Jon Rahm had the perfect retort as he bids for Masters glory.

Rahm paying little attention to rookie history in Masters bid

When told first-timers do not do well at Augusta, Jon Rahm had the perfect retort as he bids for Masters glory.

Rookies have a notoriously poor record at Augusta, but a confident Jon Rahm is paying little attention to history as he bids to win the Masters at the first attempt.

Only once in 81 years has a rookie donned the green jacket come Sunday, but Rahm remains firmly in contention to alter that fact after carding a 70 that left him one under for the tournament on Friday - three adrift of the clubhouse lead.

The Spaniard arrived at Augusta with a big reputation after a brilliant breakout season to date. And when it was put to him that history is not on his side, Rahm had the perfect response.

"Well, first‑timers don't usually have a great history at Torrey Pines either and I was able to win that [the Farmers Insurance Open]. I kept that in mind," he said.

"There's nothing that says I'm going to play bad or that I should play bad. I think I liked the conditions, because I usually like tough conditions. I can keep the ball low and pars are my friend.

"On days like today [Friday], I was able to take advantage of my ball-striking and I think I lucked out in that sense."

Rahm has been fearless in his approach thus far, but he insists he is capable of shooting a much lower round.

He added: "Had I made a couple putts, it could have been a lot different. But I'm really pleased with the round I played.

"I've been playing great, my ball striking is great, so if I can get myself more looks and make a couple of them [then] I can maybe get a good round going. You never know. Hopefully, I can."

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