Rahm gets ready for his Au­gusta de­but

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JON Rahm ad­mits he is feel­ing the ef­fects of his su­perb per­for­mance in the WGC Match Play, but hopes this week’s Shell Hous­ton Open will prove ideal prepa­ra­tion for his Mas­ters de­but.

The Spa­niard won all three of his group matches in Austin be­fore see­ing off Charles How­ell, Soren Kjeld­sen and Bill Haas to set up a fi­nal show­down with world No.1 Dustin John­son.

John­son was five up af­ter eight holes be­fore be­ing pegged back by Rahm, who was un­for­tu­nately dis­turbed by a noise from the crowd be­fore his cru­cial sec­ond shot to the 18th.

Fin­ish­ing as run­ner-up still lifted the 22-year-old to 14th in the world rank­ings and saw him in­stalled as a 20/1 shot to be­come the first debu­tant to win the Mas­ters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Asked if his name de­served to be listed higher than the likes of three­time Mas­ters cham­pion Phil Mick­el­son, Rahm said: “I feel like if I say it does be­long it sounds a lit­tle bit ar­ro­gant.

“What I would say is cer­tainly I do feel like I be­long there, that I be­long where I am right now and that I com­pete to win like be­fore.”

Although John­son with­drew from Hous­ton af­ter his third vic­tory in suc­ces­sion in Austin, the way the course is set up to re­sem­ble con­di­tions at Au­gusta means that Mick­el­son, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott are among the field.

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