Jon Rahm makes history and wins the US Open

With a vibrant final comeback, Jon Rahm became this Sunday the first Spaniard to win the United States Golf Open, he raised his long-awaited first trophy of Grand Slam and it will recover the number one of the world ranking.

With spectacular birdies on the last two holes, Rahm overtook South African Louis Oosthuizen to finish with a card of 67 strokes and a cumulative 278, six under par, in the field of Torrey Pines (San Diego).

The 26-year-old Spaniard overcame a week of inactivity due to his coronavirus infection and celebrated the triumph with his wife and newborn son, Kepa, on Father’s Day in the United States.

Rahm got his first Major title in a tournament that eluded illustrious compatriots like Severiano Ballesteros, his childhood idol. And he became the fourth Spanish golfer to win a Grand Slam tournament after Ballesteros, with five wins (Augusta Masters in 1980 and 1983 and British Open in 1979, 1984 and 1988); José María Olazábal, with two (Masters of 1994 and 1999), and Sergio García, with one (Masters of 2017).

The Spanish landed in Torrey Pines fresh out of a week of quarantine due to his contagion of coronavirus at the Memorial Tournament, from which he retired when he was the leader with six strokes of advantage with one round remaining.


After the major disappointment of the Memorial, the Spaniard had not displayed his best golf in the first three days at the Openbut managed to get close to the head, three strokes away, for Sunday’s final round.

The final day started with a trio of leaders that included Oosthuizen, along with the unexpected Russell Henley (63rd in the PGA ranking) and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes (67th).

In the first holes of Sunday Henley and Hughes were overtaken by the favorites, especially by Rahm, who started like a rocket with birdies in the first two holes that got him to a shot of the head with -4.

On the 17th, with a 25-foot putt (7.6 meters), Rahm made the birdie that tied him with Oosthuizen at -5, and on the last hole he saved a ball in the sand for a second consecutive birdie that put him to the head with -6.

Oosthuizen finished his last four holes at full pressure and on the 17th he bogey that gave Rahm the title.



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