Thursday, May 19

Jon Rahm makes history and conquers the US Open

  • The Basque golfer rose to the lead on the last day of the tournament thanks to a sensational performance

  • He is the first Spaniard to win this tournament, which he arrived just a few days after passing the coronavirus

The name of Torrey Pines, on the coast of San Diego, will be linked for life to that of Jom Rahm, the talented 26-year-old golfer from Barrika, in Vizcaya, who this Sunday achieved glory and added his first golf great by winning the 121 edition of the United States Open, one of the four tournaments that make up the Grand Slam. In this field he won his first professional title four years ago on the American circuit and in this idyllic setting, next to the Pacific, Rahm has entered the Olympus of the greats who before crossed Seve Crossbowmen (three Open and two Masters), Jose Maria Olazábal (two Masters) and Sergio garcia (a Masters).

Fist in the air, charged with ambition and determination, Rahm He signed two birdies on holes 17 and 18 with which he completed a spectacular 67-stroke round and took the pulse he maintained in the last round with the South African Louis Oosthuizen, who started the last round as the leader, with two strokes of advantage, but ended up giving in to the push of Rahm, the first Spaniard to register his name in the US Open.

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The Basque golfer completed his four rounds with 278 strokes, six under par, one less than Oosthuizen and with three of advantage over the American Harris English, which occupied the third place.

Recovered from covid

Hugging her newborn child Kepa and his wife Kelley Cahill, on Father’s Day in America, Rahm he had to wait at the clubhouse for Oosthuizen to finish his round, starting two holes behind. But the South African’s mistake in the 17th, allowed him to smile as he followed the end of the day from the training field, anticipating the possibility that a play-off could be played.

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“For me this field will always be very special. This setting and this atmosphere are very comfortable for me, I feel as if I were at home on a summer day,” he explained Rahm, who had words of memory for the pioneer of this sport, It looks , which he has always set as a benchmark in his career.

The triumph supposes a kind of divine justice for Rahm that just 15 days ago, he was left with honey on his lips, when the leader of the Memorial Tournament arrived on the last day with six strokes of advantage and was forced to leave due to a positive for covid.

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