John Rahm: From ‘biggest setback’ to ‘biggest breakthrough’ – How the Spaniard became a big winner

Fast forward to today and Rahm is a big winner.
The 26-year-old won the US Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday, finishing a shot past Louis Oosthuizen to win the Spaniard’s first major tournament.

His victory comes just 15 days after he was forced to retire after the third round of the memorial tournament with a six-stroke lead after testing positive for the coronavirus.

“I think from the biggest setbacks you can get some of the biggest breakthroughs and I think a lot of people believed or thought I was angry with the situation than I really was,” said Rahm to Don Riddell of CNN Sport.

“I never blamed anyone. I never felt resentment for anything, these are things I can’t control and we are in the middle of a pandemic.

“I have had a lot of relatives and a lot of friends suffer and even die from it, so my first thought was, ‘I hope it’s not bad, my health is not bad, and I hope that no one else in my family, especially my two month old son, has it.

“That’s where my mind was. When everyone tested negative, I stayed mentally positive knowing good things were going to happen. I firmly believe in karma and stayed really positive knowing that something was going to happen that was going to happen. was going to happen be wise. “

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Rahm celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green of the US Open.

A special place

Even before Sunday’s triumph, Torrey Pines had a special significance for cream.

Besides San Diego being his favorite city, it was the place his wife Kelley loved before meeting because her family vacationed there.

According to Rahm, Kelley was actually his junior during a qualifier for the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday while they were dating, although he had “no idea what golf” is.

Torrey Pines was also the site of his first PGA Tour victory, when he won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017.

Rahm proposed to Kelley on the trails at Torrey Pines, referring to the course as their “favorite place” after her US Open victory on the course.

“Every time we come we feel relaxed, we are naturally happy no matter what happens,” he explained.

“And including the two of us, my parents too, it’s non-negotiable for them, it’s usually a date on the calendar that they never miss and neither will her parents.

“And the fact that they got to be here for this one as well later in the year and do it – that’s, that’s what makes it so much more special. That’s why I said, there is something special in the air today and I believed it. “

Rahm plays a shot from a fairway bunker at the 17th hole.

This major victory is likely to be even sweeter for Rahm after the recent arrival of his son, Kepa.

It’s her first win since giving birth to her son in April, and Rahm made sure to mark the occasion, celebrating with Kelley and Kepa after her victory was confirmed on Sunday.

With his victory also falling on Father’s Day – Rahm’s first as a father – it was a few days fairy tale for the Spaniard; one that ends with a family trip to Ken’s Sushi Workshop to celebrate.

“To be here, with him, to be my first victory as a father, with him here present and to be there on the 18th with Kelley walking with him [Kepa] in his arms, at that moment, what was going on around me just disappears, ”he said.

“And what I have done and what I will do in the future will be absolutely irrelevant to what they mean to me and how much love I have for them.

“So that’s what I’m going to keep telling him, no matter what I accomplish for a living and no matter what happened around us this afternoon, he was always the most important thing and will be forever.

“And I don’t know if he’ll ever understand the magnitude of this moment for me and for us, but I’ll try to make sure he understands.”

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Rahm celebrates with the trophy alongside his wife, Kelley, and son, Kepa, after winning the 2021 US Open.

Want more

Rahm had to overcome fierce competition to secure his major victory, with a group of former champions and up-and-coming youngsters chasing him.

However, with his first major in the bag and back as world number in golf. 1, the cream is now hungry for more.

“That first is a big load on your shoulders,” said the 26-year-old. “Especially when you’ve hit the # 1 in the world, playing at a high quality level like I’ve done for the past few years, you find yourself on that ‘best to never win a major roster’ very quickly. wanted nothing more than to get off this list ASAP.

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Rahm celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2021 US Open.

“And I think because of what happened a few weeks ago, I had an excuse. I had a little excuse in case I was playing badly – I had Covid, I couldn’t m ‘train, I wasn’t ready, it’s a US Open – blah, blah blah.

“I came out with a different attitude and not that I expected to win, but I just went out there, played the best golf I could and played amazing the first three rounds and today yeah, it all combined into an amazing day. “

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