RAHM REGAINS THE WORLD NO.1 POSITION
Jon Rahm claimed his first Major Championship at the U.S Open regaining the World No.1 position. He becomes the first ever Spanish winner of the U.S Open and the fourth Spaniard to win a Major after the late great Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia.
The Spaniard entered the final day in California three shots off the lead but enjoyed a birdie birdie start as a host of the game's biggest names made moves on a dramatic afternoon in California.
But as everyone else fell back, it came down to a two horse race between Rahm and Louis Oosthuizen, with the South African holding a one shot advantage as his rival stood on the 17th tee.
Rahm then produced a finish that will go down in Major history, making a pair of birdies on his final two holes to sign for a 67 and walk off the 18th green with a one shot lead at six under with his son Kepa in his arms on his first United States Father's Day.
Oosthuizen found a hazard off the tee on the 17th and the resulting bogey meant he needed an eagle up the last for a play-off, with the 2010 Open Champion making a birdie in a closing 71 that left him at five under and second in a Major for the sixth time.
“I’m a big believer in karma and after what happened a couple of weeks ago I stayed really positive, knowing big things were coming,” he said.
“I didn’t know what it was going to be but I knew we were coming to a special place, I knew I got my breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.
“The fact my parents were able to come, I got out of Covid protocol early, I just felt like the stars were aligning.”
Rahm is the first ever Spanish winner of the U.S Open and the fourth Spaniard to win a Major after the late great Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia.