Jon Rahm Wins US Open
Jon Rahm is the U.S. Open Champion after capping off a great weekend with a pair of back-to-back birdies in the final round.
Rahm’s final two holes gave him a one-stroke victory over Louis Oosthuizen to earn him his first major tournament championship.
The win also pushed Rahm back to the number one ranked player in the world, and he did it at the site of his first-ever PGA Tour victory, Torrey Pines. Rahm was able to win the tournament with his father on hand and his infant son there to watch him play.
Just two weeks ago, Rahm was leading The Memorial Tournament after three rounds when he was informed that he tested positive for COVID-19. He was forced into isolation during that time, but he did enter the U.S. Open as one of the betting favorites.
There were six different players that held a share of the lead on Sunday Torrey Pines, and 10 players were separated by just one single shot midway through the round. Everyone in the top ten suffered at least one bogey on the back nine, except for Rahm.
Rahm was one shot off the lead heading to the 17th tee, and it appeared that a tie was the best he could do. Instead, Rahm was able to birdie both 17 and 18, becoming the first player in U.S. Open history to accomplish that feat while winning by one single stroke.
Oosthuizen actually fell two shots off the lead on the 17th hole after hitting an errant tee shot to score a bogey. He managed to birdie the 18th, but it wasn’t enough to share for the lead.
Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to climb to the top of the leaderboard. He was on the practice range preparing for a playoff with Oosthuizen when he was announced the winner.
DeChambeau Struggles on Sunday
The U.S. Open is known for its difficult and challenging conditions in the final round, and several players struggled to play well. No one struggled worse than Bryson DeChambeau as he shot a 44 on the back nine on Sunday.
DeChambeau entered the back nine just one shot off the lead, and he had played 30 straight holes without dropping a shot. He appeared poised to win another major championship on Sunday but ended up finishing in 26th place.
The trouble started for DeChambeau on the 11th, and 12th holes as his putting stroke simply got away from him. He carded a bogey on each of those holes before disaster struck at number 13.
After slipping on the tee box while hitting his drive, DeChambeau continued to find the rough on the 13th hole. He managed to salvage a double-bogey on that hole, but things actually could have been much worse.
Just a few holes later, DeChambeau scored a quadruple-bogey on Hole 17, but he was already well out of the race at that point. He was not the only big name to struggle on Sunday, but his final eight holes cost him a chance at another title.
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