SAN DIEGO – Spaniard Jon Rahm cleared a three-stroke delay to win the US Open on Sunday.
Rahm wrapped up the fourth round with two birdies and handed in a 67-card to secure his first career major title.
When he fell one stroke behind South African Louis Oosthuizen when he reached the 17th hole, Rahm equalized the match by stopping a 24-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.
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.
Oosthuizen still had the chance to catch Rahm, but he abounded on the 17th after sending the tee shot all the way to the left of the fairway.
He then had a birdie in the 18th to play 70 and finish under-5.
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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