‘Important Than Any Golf Event:’ Jon Rahm to Leave 2021 Masters if Wife Gives Birth

Published 03/23/2021, 1:57 PM EDT
OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL – AUGUST 30 : Jon Rahm of Spain poses with his wife, Kelley Cahill, both holding the trophy after the final round of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club (North) on August 30, 2020 in Olympia Fields, IL. (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)


The 2021 Masters begins on April 8 and ends on Sunday, the 11th. These four days will be crucial for every golfer playing at Augusta this year, but even more for Jon Rahm. The Spaniard and his wife Kelley Cahill are expecting their first child to be born on the second week of April. 

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Wait, does that mean Rahm will fly back in the midst of his participation should his wife give birth at that time? Precisely, yes. That’s exactly what Jon Rahm asserted during a recent press conference. 

“I’m not going to disclose too much. All I can say is if anybody’s thinking of a betting on me on the Masters, maybe think about it twice because there’s a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week,” said Rahm at the WCG-Dell Match Play. 

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Mar 11, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Jon Rahm chips onto the 14th green during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“As far as I’m concerned, [wife] Kelly and the baby are doing great, so it is approaching. I mean, she is due April 10th to the 12th. So that’s her due date, so yeah, it’s coming up,” he added. 

Jon Rahm, the #3 ranked golfer in the world, is ready to sacrifice a chance to win his first Masters title to be there for his first baby. Well, it is quite equal one could say, and the Spaniard has already given a word of caution to the betters. 

Jon Rahm has no second thoughts about his decision

26-year-old Rahm wants to embrace his first taste of fatherhood as much as the green jacket at Augusta. A lot of people are appreciating his priorities, and the praise is higher than the neglect. Of course, the Spaniard wants to be with his wife during the most challenging period of her life, and he’s ready to be there any time. 

“I’ve said it before, if I have to leave any event, I’ll leave. If I have to leave this week, hopefully it doesn’t come when I’m in the final and I just have to leave after nine holes. I mean, that would be unfortunate for the winner, but it is what it is.”

“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that’s my head right now,” mentioned Rahm. 

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However, this is not the first time that he is emphasizing this decision. The five-time PGA Tour winner made a similar announcement at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February. 

Jon Rahm is one of the top favorites to win The 2021 Masters. “It’s a really fun event, a fun town and I’m really glad to be back here this year,” Rahm said about visiting Augusta this year. 

However, there is still a beam of uncertainty that looms over his participation at the event. While Rahm will tee off in Round 1, it is unsure if he will remain at the Augusta National Golf Club till Sunday. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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