'We Stopped Counting After Eight Drinks' - Rahm Reveals Boozey Pre-Masters Skins Round

Jon Rahm shot 60 despite having a few too many drinks in a sociable round just days before winning the Masters - in what may now be his new pre-Augusta tradition

Jon Rahm with the trophy after winning the 2023 Masters
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Jon Rahm revealed a new boozy pre-Masters routine that could become a tradition after trying it for the first time this year ahead of him winning the Green Jacket.

Jack Nicklaus told him the Spaniard that he used to practice as hard as he could the week ahead of some Majors, and then put his clubs away over the weekend before heading off to the course.

Rahm decided to try this out for himself ahead of Augusta this year, but with perhaps the younger twist of a sociable skins game with friends on the Friday – where he downed a number of drinks before going on to shoot 60!

“I took advice from Jack Nicklaus a little bit different to what I probably would have done," Rahm told Golf Digest's The Loop Podcast.

“He told me before a lot of Majors what he would do is go to the venue, play Wednesday, Thursday, Friday then fly home, put the clubs in the closet and not touch them until Monday.

“I was like OK I’m going to try this. I told Kelley (Rahm's wife), OK, my swing coach Davie Phillips is going to fly in and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday I’m going to go as intense as I can be."

Where Rahm probably differed from Nicklaus is that after three days of work, he let his hair down with a skins game at his local course, enjoying more than a couple of drinks along the way.

“Friday at Silverleaf they have what they call a black and blues…which is a skins game. You go and have fun," Rahm added.

“And we took that to an extreme. I told Kelley we’re going to have fun. I’m playing with friends and we’re playing music, drinking.

“We stopped counting after eight drinks."

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And despite having a few too many drinks, Rahm not only cleaned up in the game and shot an unbelievable score, but then went off to Augusta and also picked up a Green Jacket.

"The funny part is we started counting afterwards and none of us, I didn’t even know what I shot. I had no idea," Rahm continued.

"I mean, I was making putts, but I was like I don’t know, I shot pretty good, it was a good round. And it ended up being 60.

"Ended up collecting a whole lot of cash thanks to that, even though I gave a lot of strokes back.

"Then did not touch a club Saturday and Sunday, went Monday to the Masters and I win it, amazing."

So this may now become a Rahm tradition to partake in a pre-Augusta sociable drinking round to try and match this year's efforts - although it wasn't his best round at Silverleaf.

“No, I’ve shot 59 twice," he said. "But sober."

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.