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Posted February 4, 2021, 3:21 pm
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Jon Rahm said he’ll leave any tournament, even the Masters, to be present for son’s birth

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    [Adam Cairns/Dispatch]

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson once famously competed in the 1999 U.S. Open with his mind on home, as his wife Amy was close to delivering the couple’s first baby.

Fellow Sun Devil Jon Rahm could be facing a similar situation in April at the Masters, as his wife Kelley is pregnant with their first child.

For now, Rahm says he’s sticking to his playing schedule but is making backup plans.

“I think it’s second week of March is going to be week 36, and as my mom has told me, because she’s a midwife many times, starting that week it can come any day,” he said on Wednesday ahead of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Photos: Rahm at the Masters

“I’ve talked about it before and we’ve talked about it with her. No matter where I am and what I’m doing, if the phone rings I’m flying back, and I’m going back home to be there for the birth of my son. Before anybody asks, yes, if I’m at Augusta and I’m playing well and she starts getting, you know, starts, I’m flying back. I would never miss the birth of my first-born in a million years, or any born for that matter.”

The couple got married a little over a year ago. They met at Arizona State where he was the standout golfer and she was a track & field athlete.

Rahm’s already thinking ahead, so much so that he’s hoping to be allowed to bend one of the primary rules at Augusta National.

“I don’t know how we’re going to do it at Augusta because we can’t have our phones in. I might need to ask for an exception.”

Masters Record - Jon Rahm

Year Place Score 1 2 3 4 Earnings
2020 T7 -10 69 66 72 71 $358,417
2019 T9 -10 69 70 71 68 $310,500
2018 4 -11 75 68 65 69 $528,000
2017 T27 +3 73 70 73 75 $78,100