Jon Rahm birded the final two holes to overtake Louis Oosthuizen and claim his first major title, defeating South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke.
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The 26-year-old Spaniard rallying one shot behind and running out of holes, Rahm made a sweeping, left-to-right birdie putt from 25 feet on the 17th hole to tie for the lead, and closed with another bending 18-foot birdie putt that gave him a one-shot victory over hard-luck Louis Oosthuizen.
“It had to happen in a beautiful setting like this,” he said.
At Torrey Pines, where he made a 50-foot eagle putt on the final hole to clinch his first PGA Tour victory.
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.”