SPANISH Golfer Jon Rahm Becomes The First Spaniard To Win The US Open Golf Tournament
Spanish golfer Jon Rahm Rodríguez finished six-under-par to win the US Open at Torrey Pines South Golf Course in San Diego, California on Sunday 20, to claim his first-ever golf major, and become the first Spaniard – born in Barrika, in the Basque Country – to win one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world.
It was a tournament he was clearly dest¡nes to win, having tested positive for Covid-19 and having to self-isolate for ten days, he told Golf Channel, “I’m a big believer in karma and after what happened a couple of weeks ago I stayed really positive, knowing big things were coming”.
Three players shared the lead at five-under-par at the start of the final day’s play, Oosthuizen, Mackenzie Hughes, and Russell Henley, but the pack soon started closing in on them, with Rahm getting a birdie on the first and second holes, as DeChambeau came agonisingly close to making a hole-in-one on the eighth before tapping in for the simplest of birdies to go into the lead on five-under-par.
Rory McIlroy had the chance to join him in the lead but missed from seven feet on the seventh, before Oosthuizen joined DeChambeau at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the ninth and the 10th to take a two-shot lead.
Everything went wrong for most of the leaders on the par-three 11th as McIlroy three-putted, Oosthuizen made a bogey after missing the green, and Hughes saw his pulled tee shot get stuck in the branches of a tree and the resulting double-bogey dropped him back to two-under-par.
By now, it was Rahm and Oosthuizen challenging leader Harris English who had birdied three of the last five holes, but Rahm curled a birdie on the 17th to tie the lead, and remarkably, did the same on the 18th.
Luckily for Rahm, Oosthuizen pulled his drive on the 17th into a hazard and was unable to save par, meaning he needed to eagle the last – as he did on Saturday – to force a play-off, but his tee shot on the 18th flew into the rough, leaving him no option but to lay up, and despite a good effort, he could not hot the hole with his next shot, and Rahm was the US Open champion.
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