Spain’s Jon Rahm claimed an unbelievable first major title as he completed with back-to-back birdies on a breathless ultimate day of the 121st US Open.
Rahm, 26, roared at a wall of followers after his putt on the 18th took him to 6 underneath and gave him a one-shot lead over South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen, who had 4 holes to play, bogeyed the 17th that means he wanted to eagle the final however might solely birdie.
Rory McIlroy (73) and Bryson DeChambeau (77) challenged however pale late on.
Rahm’s win comes two weeks after he was forced to withdraw from a PGA Tour event he was main by six pictures after three rounds due to a constructive coronavirus check.
The Spaniard mentioned his major concern at that point was for his spouse and two-month-old child and it was them he celebrated with first – on his first Father’s Day no much less – after the nerveless birdie putt.
“You have no idea what this means right now,” he mentioned to his son Kepa after listening to of Oosthuizen’s closing birdie. “You will soon enough.”
‘The stars had been aligning’
The leaderboard was congested after a flurry of birdies on the entrance 9, however gamers had been combating to keep away from bogeys after the flip.
Oosthuizen was the final to fall when he dropped a shot on the 17th and he couldn’t repeat the sensational eagle he made on the 18th on Saturday, which had given him a share of the in a single day lead.
The 38-year-old, who gained the 2010 Open Championship, has now completed runner-up in a major on six events.
Rahm was the one contender to not drop a shot on the again 9 and had seven pars in a row earlier than the grandstand end noticed him turn into the first Spaniard to win the US Open.
“I’m a big believer in karma and after what happened a couple of weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing that big things were coming,” mentioned Rahm, who gained his first PGA Tour occasion at Torrey Pines in 2017.
“I didn’t know what it was going to be but I knew we were coming to a special place. I got my breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.
“The truth my dad and mom had been capable of come, I acquired out of Covid protocol early, I simply felt like the celebrities had been aligning.”
Rahm dedicated his win to Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros, who died 10 years ago. Ballesteros claimed five major titles in his career but never won the US Open.
“I knew my finest golf was to come back and I’ve a tough time explaining what simply occurred as a result of I can not consider I made the final two putts and I’m the first Spanish participant to win the US Open,” Rahm continued.
“This is certainly for Seve – I do know he tried lots, I do know he wished to win this one most of all.”
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