SAN DIEGO — It turns out Jon Rahm has the temperament to win a major championship.
The fiery Spaniard canned a 25-foot birdie at 17 and an 18-foot birdie at the last to claim the lead and close in 4-under 67 to edge Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke at the 121st U.S. Open. Rahm punctuated the moment with an uppercut fist pump.
At one point, on the front nine, there were five players tied for the lead and five players one stroke behind. Among the star-studded leaderboard were Rory McIlroy, who was chasing his fifth major and first since 2014, Bryson DeChambeau trying to defend his title, Brooks Koepka attempting to win his third U.S. Open in a five-year span, and Collin Morikawa, who was trying to become the fifth American player since World War II to capture multiple major champions before age 28.
Rahm, the World No. 3, delivered his first major title just 15 days after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament ahead of the final round despite a commanding six-stroke lead. He took the news hard initially, but accepted the decision and was cleared to play in the major after spending time in self-quarantine. But it didn’t come without consequences: Rahm missed being present when his parents arrived from Spain and met his son, Kepa, born in April, for the first time.
“That was truly, truly a hard thing,” Rahm said.
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Source: USA Today