JOHN RAHM BECOMES THE FIRST SPANIARD TO WIN THE US OPEN

Jon Rahm on Sunday captured his first career major championship in dramatic fashion, claiming the 2021 U.S. Open in a late flurry that saw him sink a pair of clutch putts over his final two holes. Rahm brought it home at Torrey Pines with a final-round 4-under 67, tying the low round of the week and finishing his run at Torrey Pines with a 6-under 278.

JOHN RAHM BECOMES THE FIRST SPANIARD TO WIN THE US OPEN

Rahm, played from behind all day Sunday, started Round 4 three strokes behind a trio of co-leaders. That changed on a dime at the finish line as Rahm went birdie-birdie on Nos. 17 and 18.

First was a 24-foot sweeping left-to-right putt on the par-4 17th that thrust him into a share of the lead with Louis Oosthuizen, one of the co-leaders through 54 holes.

Then Rahm put an exclamation point on his weekend with an up and down from the bunker on the par-5 18th, draining an 18-foot putt to give him the outright lead.

JOHN RAHM BECOMES THE FIRST SPANIARD TO WIN THE US OPEN

Oosthuizen did not go quietly after Rahm posted the low number in the clubhouse as he held at 5 under during the five-hole stretch from holes 12-15. However, after playing holes 16-18 at 7 under in the three rounds prior, Oosthuizen stumbled to the finish line by playing the final three at even-par Sunday and finishing 5 under on the week, one shot back of Rahm.

Rahm, 26, becomes the first Spaniard to ever win the U.S. Open. His victory comes just 15 days after being forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament with a six-stroke lead through 54 holes because he tested positive for COVID-19. Rahm was cleared before the start of the U.S. Open.

“I’m a big believer in karma,” Rahm said on the NBC broadcast after his win. “After what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing big things were coming. I didn’t know what it was going to be. I just knew we were coming to a special place. I know I got my breakthrough win here. It’s a very special place for my family.”

Rahm’s first career PGA Tour win came in 2017 at Torrey Pines when he drained a 60-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to punctuate his coming-out party on a big stage. Torrey is also where he asked his now-wife to marry him. After his win, he was able to celebrate with his wife and his two-month-old son, Kepa, who took in the moment together on Father’s Day. Rahm’s parents were also in attendance.

“I just felt like the stars were aligning,” said Rahm.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Jon Rahm                          69-70-72-67—278 (-6)

Louis Oosthuizen             67-71-70-71—279 (-5)

Harris English                   72-70-71-68—281 (-3)

Guido Migliozzi                71-70-73-68—282 (-2)

Brooks Koepka                 69-73-71-69—282 (-2)

Collin Morikawa              75-67-70-70—282 (-2)

Leading Asian

Hideki Matsuyama          69-76-74-68 – 287 (+3, T26)

Rikuya Hoshino                69-74-73-71 – 287 (+3, T26)

Sungjae Im                        72-72-69-76 – 289 (+5, T35)

Si Woo Kim                       71-75-70-74 – 290 (+6, T40)

Things to Know

  • Spain’s Jon Rahm earns his first major championship victory in his 108th PGA TOUR start and 20th major
  • Rahm becomes the first player from Spain to win the U.S. Open
  • Rahm wins in first start since withdrawing from the 2021 Memorial Tournament due to a positive COVID test after leading by six shots after 54 holes
  • Rahm claims the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, supplanting Dustin Johnson who led the last 43 consecutive weeks; Moves to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings
  • Louis Oosthuizen finishes runner-up in a major for the sixth time
  • Brooks Koepka records his 15th top-10 in a major in his 29th major start
  • Hideki Matsuyama and Rikuya Hoshino share honours as leading Asians in T26 after final rounds of 68 and 71 respectively.