US Open winner: Jon Rahm claims victory at Torrey Pines

Rahm joins an exclusive club with his very first major victory, becoming the first Spaniard to win the US Open.

Rahm, the third player in the world, birdied back-to-back on the 17th and 18th holes, landing clutch putts of 24 and 18 feet respectively to take a one-stroke lead to the clubhouse. He must have watched nervously as the later groups finish their laps, but no one was able to match his winning score of six under par.

The victory comes two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw from the memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio, after testing positive for Covid-19. Rahm was informed of his Covid-positive status moments after finishing his third round with a six-shot lead over his closest competitor.
“I believe in karma a lot, and after what happened a few weeks ago, I was very positive knowing that great things were going to happen. I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming. at a special event location, ” Rahm said moments after his victory Sunday.

“I know I got my decisive victory here and it’s a very special place for my family, and the fact that my parents were able to come – I got out of the Covid protocol early – I just felt the stars lined up, ”Rahm said.

The place of victory also holds a special place in Rahm’s heart.

Not only did he win his historic victory at Torrey Pines, but he also proposed to his now wife on the spot.

The victory also had additional meaning for Rahm, falling on his first Father’s Day as a father. Rahm hugged his toddler son and his wife moments after being declared the winner.

“It reminds me a lot of coming home (sic). It’s not exactly the same, but the coastline, the weather, the temperature, it’s basically a good summer day where I grew up,” Rahm said. “I think it’s something that really resonates with me, I really trust myself. Everything that’s happened here – I don’t know why – but every time we come here we’re just happy. . “

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Rahm celebrates with the trophy after winning the US Open.

Power of a strong finish

When forced to withdraw from the memorial tournament last month, Rahm was arguably in the best shape of his career.

Including the ZOZO Championship in October 2020, he had played in 13 PGA Tour events, missing the cup just once, finishing three times in the top five and in the top 10 nine times.

Although retiring to the Muirfield Village Golf Club and being forced into self-isolation may have weakened his prospects, Rahm took the initiative to make history.

Rahm plays his stroke from the 16th tee on the final round of the US Open.

After pulling off three promising first rounds, Rahm started Sunday as one of 13 players with four head shots.

Despite battling past big winners and the next generation of golf stars – from Bryson DeChambeau to Rory McIlroy – Rahm has remained calm.

While the chasing pack – including Rahm – had plenty of birdies on the first nine of the tough California course, the last nine were a different story as players struggled to make the par.

With one competitor after another dropping out, Rahm continued to play golf regularly to stay in contention.

But others made their move on Sunday, with Oosthuizen and DeChambeau each claiming a share of the lead at some point in the day, only to collapse soon after.

Rahm’s chance to escape seemed to have worn off as he came to the end of his turn, missing birdie opportunities on the 14th and 15th holes, before a capricious practice on the 17th left people wondering. ‘he was moving away too.

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Rahm celebrates his birdie on the 18th in the US Open final.

But a remarkable approach shot and birdie putt made the 26-year-old partying as he joined Oosthuizen at the top of the table.

Beating his nerves, he landed another tough birdie on the 18th hole to claim a one-stroke lead, having to sit and wait in the clubhouse for the last groups to finish to find out if he had done enough to win. .

After Oosthuizen failed to recreate the magic eagle he made on the last hole on Saturday, Rahm finally achieved his first major victory, celebrating with his wife and newborn son, as well as the recent PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who stayed on to congratulate the Spaniard. .

“It’s amazing that I’m sitting next to this trophy,” said Rahm. “A few weeks ago I saw my good friend Phil win it. Not this one, but win the PGA, and I was inspired a lot by that.

“I’ve been close before, and I just knew that one Sunday, the way I had played the last major tournaments, I just had to be close. I knew I could do it. I keep that good Sunday mojo. Man, I did it in a way that apparently can only happen to me at Torrey Pines. “

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