Jon Rahm 'ready to compete' at Masters following birth of first child
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Jon Rahm 'ready to compete' at Masters following birth of first child

Last month, Jon Rahm explained that he could potentially miss the Masters that opens Thursday depending on when his wife gave birth to their first child. That birth occurred this past weekend, however, and Rahm arrived at Augusta National Golf Club on Wednesday excited to play. 

"Well, my concern is that I'm coming to a Masters and from Thursday to Monday didn't sleep much, didn't hit a single golf shot," Rahm told reporters, per Mark Schlabach of ESPN. "You know, maybe haven't prepared as much as I have in the past, but definitely mentally in a different state, right? A lot of times practicing for a major you spend so much time thinking about golf, and for four or five days, it wasn't even on my mind, which is kind of refreshing.

"Coming here later than usual, but I'm here ready to compete. I wouldn't be here otherwise." 

Rahm tees off at 10:42 a.m. ET on Thursday and will play alongside Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. 

As of early Wednesday, had Rahm listed at +1300, equal with Jordan Spieth, to win the Masters even though he admitted he's recently been busy with other activities. 

"Stay up all night and change diapers," Rahm said about his life over the past four days. "That's basically all I can do, try to get the baby to sleep and help her breastfeed. That's about it. I feel like I learned pretty quickly. She is the one that has, obviously, all the power over the baby; she feeds and everything. My job was taking care of Kelley. Make sure she's eating, make sure she's drinking, make sure she's trying to rest at the right times, period, and that's what I did." 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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