SAN DIEGO – Thanks to two career-changing putts, Spaniard Jon Rahm lifted two trophies on Sunday at the US Open.
He first hugged his three-month-old son, Kepa, as he left the 18th hole green on Torrey Pines on Father’s Day. He then won his first silver trophy after a performance that surpassed his competitors.
Rahm cleared a three-stroke delay and handed in a 67-card to get a career-first major title.
After a stroke behind South African Louis Oosthuizen when he reached the 17th hole, Rahm equalized the match by stopping a 25-foot putt for the bird.
He then managed another bird in the 18th to take the lead. He raised his fist in the air and exclaimed with joy as the audience roared in the background.
“Little man, you have no idea what that means,” Rahm said to his son when he won. But you will find out pretty quickly. “
The 26-year-old golfer became the first Spaniard to win the United States Open. His victory allowed him to regain first place in the world.
Rahm finished the tournament at minus-6.
The victory came two weeks after he was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament, when he was diagnosed positive for COVID-19 when he had a six-stroke lead.
In a comeback nine where several matches for the victory committed double play and a spectacular defeat from defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, Oosthuizen was the last to lose.
Delayed by one stroke, Oosthuizen bugged on the 17th after sending the tee shot all the way to the left of the fairway to get away from two strokes from Rahm.
He then had a birdie in the 18th to play 70 and finish under-5.
“Look, it’s frustrating, it’s disappointing,” Oosthuizen said. I play well, but it seems I will never win a big tournament. I played well today (Sunday), but I did not play well enough. “
Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, who shared first place with Oosthuizen and Russell Henley on the night before the fourth round, played 77 to slip to a draw for 15th on plus-1.
Another disappointment for Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has played in the US Golf Open 30 times in his career, and has had to settle for second place in the table on six occasions so far.
His week at Torrey Pines ended with a score of 40 on return nine, for a score of 75 that managed him to plus-11 (295) overall.
Since his last second place in this tournament at Merion in 2013, Lefty has not been able to avoid being chopped or content with a cumulative score that is higher than normal in each of his appearances at the United States Open. .
But he is still in the race. Mickelson, 51, received an exemption from the US Open qualifying process until 2025 by virtue of his PGA Championship victory last month.
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