Jon Rahm has made history by holding off the South African Louis Oosthuizen to become the first-ever Spanish champion of the US Open.
Rahm took the major title at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego on Sunday after shooting an incredible 67 (-4), which included sinking long birdie putts on 17 and 18. His four-round total of 278 (-6) was two better than Oosthuizen’s, who shot level par in the final round and came up just shy at a major championship once again. Curiously, Rahm has won his first major at the golf course where he won his very first professional tournament back in 2017.
With this victory, Rahm joins the pantheon of Spanish golfers who have won one of the four majors, after Severiano Ballesteros (5), José María Olazabal (2) and Sergio Garcia (1). The 26-year-old has also become the first ever Spaniard to win the US Open.
“I knew that my best golf was still to come and cannot believe the two final putts I made to become the first Spaniard to win the US Open,” said Rahm afterwards.
Rahm celebrated the victory with his wife and recently born son, Kepa, on Fathers’ Day in the United States and dedicated the victory to the late Severiano Ballesteros, the best Spanish golfer in history. “This is definitely for Seve; I dedicate it to him. I know how much he fought to win this tournament and I want to dedicate to him,” he said emotionally.
Just 15 days ago, Rahm had to pull out of the Memorial Tournament, which he was leading, after finding out he had tested positive for Covid-19. “I said yesterday that I don’t believe much in karma, but after what happened two weeks ago, I remained positive. I did not know what was going to happen and knew that I could make a comeback because this is very special place for my family,” he said.
Besides taking his first major title, Rahm leaves San Diego as number one in the official world golf rankings.
Last ten winners of the US Open:
2021: Jon Rahm (ESP)
2020: Bryson DeChambeau (USA)
2019: Gary Woodland (USA)
2018: Brooks Koepka (USA)
2017: Brooks Koepka (USA)
2016: Dustin Johnson (USA)
2015: Jordan Spieth (USA)
2014: Martin Kaymer (GER)
2013: Justin Rose (GBR)
2012: Webb Simpson (USA)