Rahm closes with a 66, ends memorable Masters week

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Jon Rahm, of Spain, hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jon Rahm had a great week before even getting to the Masters.

His stay at Augusta National wasn’t bad, either.

Rahm shot a 6-under 66 in the final round of the Masters on Sunday to tie for fifth place at 6 under — four shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama.

Rahm shot even-par rounds of 72 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The 66 on Sunday gave him 15 consecutive rounds of par or better at Augusta National, one shy of matching the record in that category held by Tiger Woods.

“It’s still a top five at a major with a great round on a Sunday,” Rahm said. “If anything, what is it, 15 straight rounds of even par or better here? Clearly, I like the place. I play good here. My year is coming up. Let’s hope it’s soon.”

His 2021 is already a banner year, even without a green jacket.

Rahm arrived at the Masters on Wednesday, the last player to get to Augusta National after he and his wife Kelley welcomed a son — Kepa Cahill Rahm — into the world on March 2. Rahm showed up, played nine practice holes and pronounced himself ready to go.

“I’m extremely happy. Let’s say the disappointment after the round lasts a lot less,” Rahm said. “I finish the round and I get a picture from Kelley, and no matter what I do, if I shoot 80 or 65, it’s the same feeling.”