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Rahm (67) remains hot as he rolls on to Augusta

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HUMBLE, Texas – Jon Rahm’s hot streak is rolling right to Augusta.

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Rahm trekked across the Lone Star State and notched another strong finish at the Shell Houston Open. Rahm shot a 5-under 67 in the final round despite a closing bogey and finished the week at 9 under, which was tied for 10th when he completed his round.

Rahm came to Houston on fumes after playing seven matches in Austin, but he conserved his energy throughout the week and is now eager to head down Magnolia Lane for the first time.

“It’s good to finish with a good round,” Rahm said. “I felt like I started the week tired, and each day my game got a little better. So that’s always a good thing.”

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Rahm will be one of the most-discussed players at Augusta National, having remained red-hot since earning his first victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. The Spaniard has now made five starts since that win, with the worst result of the bunch a T-16 finish in Phoenix. He’ll head to Augusta ranked inside the top 15 in the world.

Rahm is acutely aware of the uphill battle facing Masters rookies in their first appearance, with no rookie having won since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. But Rahm is not one to lack confidence, and he cracked a wry grin when asked for his thoughts on the first-timer trend.

“Well they’re not supposed to win at Torrey Pines either, are they?” Rahm said. “They told me that since, like, Arnold Palmer I was the first one to win the first try at Torrey Pines. So why wouldn’t I be able to do it at Augusta?”