Jon Rahm Produced a Serious Contender for the Best Golf Shot in History on His Birthday

Published 11/10/2021, 11:23 AM EST
Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Jon Rahm reacts after a shot on the 16th green during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Jon Rahm turns 27 today. The Spanish golfer has taken the world by storm ever since he turned pro. Rahm has amassed several wins both on the PGA Tour and its European version. Furthermore, it is only right if we relive one of his best shots ever on his birthday! 

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Jon Rahm has hit a lot of extraordinary golf shots, to say the least. Picking one out of plenty is never an easy task. However, in this case, we have our work cut out. Rahm’s spectacular ace during a practice round at the Masters is a shot that is worth watching over and over again. 

Honestly, it seems like wizardry but isn’t. That is the beauty of golf. 

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When Jon Rahm did the unthinkable at the Augusta National

Jon Rahm was at the Augusta National for the 2020 Masters which unconventionally took place in November owing to the pandemic. It was a similar time of the year, and during a practice round two days ahead of the tournament, Rahm aced the 16th hole by skipping the ball across the pond. 

It is a tradition that all players attempt when they come to the Augusta National. Skipping the ball across the pond on 16th isn’t as easy as it looks, but Rahm made it appear that way. With a swift strike of his iron, he sent the ball skipping thrice across the water after which it climbed up onto the green and miraculously rolled into the hole. 

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Moreover, it was Rahm’s second hole-in-one at Augusta that week as he had aced the No.4 the previous day. Since the 2020 Masters was held in November, Rahm achieved the ace on the 16th right on his 26th birthday! 

“Yeah, pretty nice birthday present,” said Rahm. “Can’t complain. Hit my normal tee shot to two feet and then skipped it and made it, which is the craziest thing, the second hole-in-one of the week.”

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A year later, it still remains one of the greatest shots in golf history, if not the best. While it indeed came during a practice round, the skillset of the golfer should be appreciated for the way he guided the ball into the hole. 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at EssentiallySports 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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