US Open 2021: Jon Rahm wins his first major title

Rahm defeated South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 20: Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning the final round of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 20, 2021 in San Diego, California.   Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP
Powered by automated translation

Spain's Jon Rahm made spectacular birdie putts on the final two holes to capture the US Open on Sunday, defeating South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke to claim his first major title.

Rahm sank a birdie putt from almost eight metres at the 17th and a five-metre putt at 18 to finish a four-under par-67 final round for six-under 278.

"I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can't even believe I made the last two putts," he said.

Rahm had to watch Oosthuizen play the last four holes.

The 2010 British Open winner took a bogey at 17 to fall two back and his birdie at 18 was only good enough to make him a major runner-up for the sixth time.

Rahm became the first Spaniard to win a US Open and the fourth to capture a major title after Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and the late Seve Ballesteros.

"This was definitely for Seve," Rahm said. "I know he wanted to win this one most of all."

Third-ranked Rahm also became the new world number one after top-ranked Dustin Johnson shared 19th on 286.

Rahm had been on top of the rankings briefly last year after winning the Memorial tournament.

Two weeks ago at the Memorial, he tested positive for Covid-19 and spent last week in quarantine.

He won on his first Father's Day as a dad at the same course where he took his first US PGA title in 2017, and where he proposed to wife Kelley, who gave birth to their first child, Kepa, in April.