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Spain’s Rahm captures US Open for first major

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

Spain’s Rahm captures US Open for first major

Spain’s Jon Rahm made spectacular birdie putts on the final two holes to capture the US Open on June 20, defeating South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke to claim his first major title.

Rahm sank a birdie putt from just inside 25 feet at the 17th and rolled in an 18-footer at 18 to finish a four-under par 67 final round and stand on six-under 278.

“I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can’t even believe I made the last two putts,” Rahm 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 No1 after top-ranked Dustin Johnson shared 19th on 286. Rahm had been atop the rankings briefly last year after winning the Memorial tournament.

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

Rahm 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.

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