Reigning Masters Champion Rahm Aims for Golf Unity Ahead of Title Defense

As Jon Rahm gears up to defend his Masters title, he advocates for unity within the golf community, despite the ongoing divisions. Rahm’s quest for excellence and wish for a collective emergence of the world’s best sets the stage for an exciting tournament ahead.

As the golf world’s civil war continues, reigning Masters champion Jon Rahm is hopeful for “some type of union” that would see the sport’s top players competing against each other once again.

Ahead of his title defense at Augusta National from April 11-14, the Spaniard acknowledged that not everyone may be pleased with his move to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league in December. However, Rahm remains respectful of all parties involved and is eager to renew his rivalry with his PGA Tour counterparts.

“I’m assuming there will be quite a few that are not happy, but from my side nothing changes. I still respect everybody on both sides and respect the game of golf above all,” Rahm said during a teleconference. “I think there’s a way of co-existing and, if there’s some type of union, I don’t know what that looks like. I just want to see again the best in the world being able to compete against the best in the world, whatever that looks like.”

Rahm, who has finished in the top 14 in all four of his LIV Golf appearances so far, is confident in his game’s progression as he prepares to don the green jacket once more. The 28-year-old won three times on the PGA Tour last year before securing his second major title at the Masters.

“I feel like my game is in really good position,” Rahm added. “I have not played my best yet, but I can see it every tournament getting a little bit better and getting to a point where I like where I’m at coming up to the Masters.”

The world No. 3 also revealed the details of his Champions Dinner menu, which will feature a lentil stew made to his grandmother’s recipe by renowned chef José Andrés. Rahm joked, “He called my grandma for the recipe so if somebody doesn’t like it, please don’t tell me. Don’t tell anyone actually.”

As the golfing community eagerly awaits the year’s first major, Rahm’s hope for a united front among the sport’s elite players will be a key storyline heading into the Masters. The Spaniard’s quest to defend his title and potentially engage in a “great Sunday back-nine showdown” with his rivals promises to captivate golf enthusiasts around the world.

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