Jon Rahm wins US Open at Torrey Pines on his first Father’s Day
Rahm, the third-ranked participant on the earth, putted back-to-back birdies on the seventeenth and 18th holes, sinking clutch putts of 24 and 18 toes respectively to take a one-stroke result in the clubhouse. He needed to watch nervously as the ultimate teams completed their rounds, however nobody was capable of match his profitable rating of six-under par.
“I do know I acquired my breakthrough win right here and it is a very particular place for my household, and the truth that my mother and father have been capable of come — I acquired out of Covid protocol early — I simply felt the celebs have been aligning,” Rahm stated.
The situation of the victory additionally holds a particular place in Rahm’s coronary heart.
Not solely did he have his historic win at Torrey Pines, however he additionally proposed to his now-wife on the location.
The victory additionally had further significance for Rahm, falling on his first Father’s Day as a father. Rahm hugged his toddler son and his spouse moments after he was declared the winner.
“It jogs my memory lots to again residence (sic). It isn’t precisely the identical, however the shoreline, the climate, the temperature, that is mainly summer time day the place I grew up,” Rahm stated. “I feel it is one thing that basically resonates with me, I am actually assured in it. The whole lot that is occurred right here — I do not know why — however each time we come right here, we’re simply pleased.”
Energy of a robust end
When he was compelled to withdraw from the Memorial Match final month, Rahm was arguably in the most effective type of his profession.
Together with the ZOZO Championship in October 2020, he had performed in 13 PGA Tour occasions, lacking the minimize simply as soon as, ending within the prime 5 thrice and within the prime 10 9 instances.
Though withdrawing at Muirfield Village Golf Membership and being compelled to isolate might need dampened his outlook, Rahm took it in stride to make historical past.
After carding a promising first three rounds, Rahm began Sunday as considered one of 13 gamers inside 4 photographs of the lead.
Regardless of battling former main winners and the following technology of golf stars — from Bryson DeChambeau to Rory McIlroy — Rahm remained calm.
Though the chasing pack — together with Rahm — holed quite a few birdies on the entrance 9 of the robust California course, the again 9 was a distinct story, with gamers struggling to make par.
With one contender after one other dropping out, Rahm continued to play regular golf to stay in competition.
However others did make their strikes on Sunday, with each Oosthuizen and DeChambeau every claiming a share of the lead in some unspecified time in the future in the course of the day, solely to fall away shortly after.
Rahm’s likelihood to interrupt away seemed to have handed as he got here to the top of his spherical, lacking birdie alternatives on the 14th and fifteenth holes, earlier than a wayward drive on the seventeenth had individuals questioning if he too was slipping away.
However a exceptional method shot and birdie putt had the 26-year-old celebrating wildly as he joined Oosthuizen on the prime of the leaderboard.
Battling his nerves, he made one other difficult birdie on the 18th gap to say a one shot lead, having to take a seat and wait within the clubhouse for the later teams to complete to know if he’d achieved sufficient to win.
After Oosthuizen didn’t recreate the magical eagle he made on the ultimate gap on Saturday, Rahm lastly realized his debut main victory, celebrating along with his spouse and new child son, in addition to latest PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who stayed behind to congratulated the Spaniard.
“It is unbelievable that I am sitting subsequent to this trophy,” Rahm stated. “A pair weeks in the past, I watched my good pal Phil win it. Not this one, however win the PGA, and I took a variety of inspiration from that.
“I have been shut earlier than, and I simply knew on a Sunday, the way in which I’ve been enjoying the previous few majors, I simply needed to be shut. I knew I may get it achieved. I am holding that good Sunday mojo going. Man, I acquired it achieved in a trend that apparently can solely occur to me at Torrey Pines.”