Masters champion Jon Rahm is concentrating on a “jacket double” after resisting the temptation to withdraw from the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.
Rahm claimed his second main title at Augusta Nationwide on Sunday and revealed he was thrilled to obtain a congratulatory message from tennis star Rafael Nadal.
Nevertheless, the world primary has put the celebrations on maintain for per week to make the quick journey from Georgia to South Carolina to contest one of many PGA Tour’s designated occasions, whose prize fund of US$20million (A$30m) is 2 million greater than the Masters.
“Monday, I used to be extraordinarily drained. I do not know the way else to say it truthfully,” Rahm informed a pre-tournament press convention at Harbour City.
“I used to be not very helpful in any sense and I attempted to be a dad as a lot as potential. We stayed another day in Augusta and simply tried to loosen up, had a household day and yesterday we flew right here.
“(It was) not the celebrating some individuals may assume I will be doing. That can participate subsequent week.
“It was a really demanding week, lots occurring with the climate and a whole lot of preventing and a whole lot of work mentally clearly. So it may take a little bit bit to get to a great spot, however I am feeling good.”
Rory McIlroy and Australian Jason Day are among the many gamers to have withdrawn from the RBC Heritage following the Masters, the place McIlroy missed the reduce and Day shot a remaining spherical of 80.
Rahm concedes that he considered doing likewise, however finally didn’t wish to disappoint any younger followers who wish to see him attempt to add the tartan jacket introduced to this week’s winner to the well-known inexperienced jacket worn by Masters champions.
“It did cross my thoughts, however I made a dedication earlier within the yr and I wish to honour that dedication,” he added.
“Speaking to Kelley (his spouse), I put myself within the footwear of not solely the spectators, however the children as properly. If I used to be one of many children, I might wish to see the latest Masters champion play good or dangerous, simply wish to be there.
“I nonetheless intend to hopefully do the jacket double and take this one residence. Nevertheless it did cross my thoughts (to withdraw) and clearly I believe it could have crossed anyone’s as a result of I used to be so drained.
“However that is why I made a decision to come back in yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon and take it simpler and simply give my physique a relaxation earlier than I acquired into competitors mode.
“I can promise you that each time I tee it up in a event, it may be to win. I intend to attempt my hardest to win.
“However I believe it may be reverse to most tournaments. I really feel like I’ll be feeling higher each day.
“So I believe it might be a little bit difficult early on, but when I can get by way of the primary two days, I believe on the weekend I am going to really feel again to regular.”
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