US Open final leaderboard
-6 J Rahm (Spa); -5 L Oosthuizen (SA); -3 H English (US); -2 G Migliozzi (Ita), B Koepka (US), C Morikawa (US)
Selected others: -1 P Casey (Eng), R McIlroy (NI), X Schauffele (US); Level R Henley (US); +1 M Wolff (US), M Hughes (Can); +2 D Johnson (US), J Thomas (US), J Spieth (US), S Garcia (Spa), P Reed (US); +3 H Matsuyama (Jpn), B DeChambeau (US)
A first-time major winner on his first fathers day
The Spaniard got off to a blistering start, putting himself within one shot off the lead after birdies on the 1st and 2nd hole.
With a tough back nine to come, there was still a lot of work to do. Rahm, the only player to not drop a shot on the back nine, made the decisive move on the 17th hole, making a birdie from 25ft after his tee-shot had ended in the fairway bunker.
On the final hole, he landed in the green-side bunker, but made another fantastic birdie putt to take the outright lead. The crowd broke out in a huge roar, and Rahm’s Tigeresque celebration could tell you how important that putt was.
Oosthuizen was the only real challenger left and his wayward tee-shot on the 17th went out of bounds.
He ended up making a bogey, leaving him needing to replicate his eagle on the last from Saturday. He ended up making birdie, and finishing runner-up at a major for the sixth time in his career.
What a stellar final round
Many golfers had a chance at glory. After seven holes, Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau was one of the players sharing the lead along with Rory McIlroy, Russell Henley, and Oosthuizen.
He then came within inches of an ace on the par-three 8th, but had to settle for a birdie and the outright lead.
DeChambeau had gone 34 holes without a dropped shot, before bogeys on the 11th and 12th, double-bogey on the 13th and a quadruple bogey on the 17th completed a six-over round of 77.
McIlroy (73) also fell away on the back nine after dropping three shots on holes 11 and 12.
The Northern Irishman seemed upbeat after the round claiming that he “felt way more comfortable with what I was doing out there [today] which is a huge positive.”
That’s 25 in 26 now…
After round two, the most important stat was that 24 of the last 25 US Open winners were in the top six at the halfway point of the tournament.
With Jon Rahm’s victory, it is now 25 in 26, as both Rahm, and runner-up Oosthuizen would have continued the trend.
In the end, Rahm, a deserved winner can finally put the disappointment of the Memorial Tournament behind him, and enjoy the fact that he is finally a major champion. Felicidades…