Jon Rahm wins the U.S. Open with two late birdies, and a little karma

After Jon Rahm’s U.S. Open victory was sealed his wife, Kelley, passed him their newborn, Kepa. Rahm pulled the hood of the onesie off the face of his 10-week-old son.“You have no idea what this means right now,” Rahm told Kepa, “but you will soon enough.”Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday — tied for the low round of the tournament — to finish at 6-under. He topped Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up in a major for the sixth time, by one shot.This was Rahm’s first major victory, and the first U.S. Open win by any golfer from Spain. The 26-year-old, who will ascend to No. 1 in the world for the second time in his young career Monday, rolled in tough birdie putts on the final two holes to separate himself from the field. Both putts, left-to-right sliders, were celebrated emphatically with right-handed fist pumps and screams of excitement.There were always going to be comparisons to Tiger Woods in 2008, the last time the major was played at Torrey Pines, near San Diego. So, of course, in a hit of cosmic alignment, the guy with the most Tiger-like emotion, and even a tinge of red in his Sunday shirt, was the one who walked away with the trophy.Rahm said the stars aligned for him.“I’m a big believer in karma, and after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good 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 breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.”The major triumph came just two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw after 54 holes as the leader at the Memorial Tournament. He tested positive for COVID-19 and had to enter the PGA Tour’s protocols. That meant isolating and missing the moment when his parents met his son for the first time.But Rahm channelled only good energy into this week as he made his return to the Tour and said it actually loosened him up. A “built-in excuse,” he said, in case he played poorly.“This is the power of positive thinking. I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody,” Rahm said. “I know what happened a couple of weeks ago. Some people might say it wasn’t fair, but it was what had to be done. We still have to be aware of what’s going on in this world.”One of the first golfers who joined Rahm in celebration was Phil Mickelson. Rahm said he took a lot of inspiration from seeing Mickelson win the PGA Championship. They celebrated together — Mickelson’s brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State University — that Sunday, and this time it was Mickelson who returned the favour.“Jon doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Mickelson said in 2017 after Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, also contested at Torrey Pines. “I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders, and he has that. He wants to be in that situation.”The situation Sunday was classic U.S. Open. Turbulence took over for about an hour as the final group of the day, which included Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, made the turn. There were 10 golfers within two shots of the lead at one point, before the chaos.Hughes’ tee shot on the par-3 11th landed in a tree, “I’ve played golf my entire life, I’ve never had a ball stuck in a tree,” he said. Bryson DeChambeau, looking to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title, led after nine holes but shot 44 on the back nine, his worst score as a professional. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, hit a shank. Rahm wanted to stay away from looking at the leaderboard, but with the crowd letting him know exactly where he stood, he decided to embrace the situation.Oosthuizen managed to navigate the carnage and was the last man standing with a chance to tie Rahm with two holes left. But he knocked his tee shot on the penultimate hole into the penalty area and his tee shot on the 72nd hole into the rough, forcing him to punch out. His approach from 69 yards stayed out, and that was that.Hughes was the first Canadian in the final group at a major since Mike Weir at the 2003 Masters and was paired with Oosthuizen. For all the excitement Hughes had entering Sunday, he’ll leave Torrey Pines with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.He was 3-over through six holes and never recovered. He shot a 6-over 77 and finished tied for 15th.“Not my day,” said Hughes, “but I’ll learn a lot from it and hopefully be back soon.”Adam Hadwin, the only other Canadian to make the cut this week, shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and ended up tied for 40th.Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

Jon Rahm wins the U.S. Open with two late birdies, and a little karma

After Jon Rahm’s U.S. Open victory was sealed his wife, Kelley, passed him their newborn, Kepa. Rahm pulled the hood of the onesie off the face of his 10-week-old son.

“You have no idea what this means right now,” Rahm told Kepa, “but you will soon enough.”

Rahm shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday — tied for the low round of the tournament — to finish at 6-under. He topped Louis Oosthuizen, a runner-up in a major for the sixth time, by one shot.

This was Rahm’s first major victory, and the first U.S. Open win by any golfer from Spain.

The 26-year-old, who will ascend to No. 1 in the world for the second time in his young career Monday, rolled in tough birdie putts on the final two holes to separate himself from the field. Both putts, left-to-right sliders, were celebrated emphatically with right-handed fist pumps and screams of excitement.

There were always going to be comparisons to Tiger Woods in 2008, the last time the major was played at Torrey Pines, near San Diego. So, of course, in a hit of cosmic alignment, the guy with the most Tiger-like emotion, and even a tinge of red in his Sunday shirt, was the one who walked away with the trophy.

Rahm said the stars aligned for him.

“I’m a big believer in karma, and after what happened a couple weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing good 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 breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.”

The major triumph came just two weeks after Rahm was forced to withdraw after 54 holes as the leader at the Memorial Tournament. He tested positive for COVID-19 and had to enter the PGA Tour’s protocols. That meant isolating and missing the moment when his parents met his son for the first time.

But Rahm channelled only good energy into this week as he made his return to the Tour and said it actually loosened him up. A “built-in excuse,” he said, in case he played poorly.

“This is the power of positive thinking. I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody,” Rahm said. “I know what happened a couple of weeks ago. Some people might say it wasn’t fair, but it was what had to be done. We still have to be aware of what’s going on in this world.”

One of the first golfers who joined Rahm in celebration was Phil Mickelson. Rahm said he took a lot of inspiration from seeing Mickelson win the PGA Championship. They celebrated together — Mickelson’s brother, Tim, was Rahm’s coach at Arizona State University — that Sunday, and this time it was Mickelson who returned the favour.

“Jon doesn’t have any weaknesses,” Mickelson said in 2017 after Rahm won the Farmers Insurance Open, also contested at Torrey Pines. “I think there’s an intangible that some guys have where they want to have the pressure pot, they want to be in that tough position, they want to have everything fall on their shoulders, and he has that. He wants to be in that situation.”

The situation Sunday was classic U.S. Open. Turbulence took over for about an hour as the final group of the day, which included Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, made the turn.

There were 10 golfers within two shots of the lead at one point, before the chaos.

Hughes’ tee shot on the par-3 11th landed in a tree, “I’ve played golf my entire life, I’ve never had a ball stuck in a tree,” he said. Bryson DeChambeau, looking to defend his 2020 U.S. Open title, led after nine holes but shot 44 on the back nine, his worst score as a professional. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, hit a shank.

Rahm wanted to stay away from looking at the leaderboard, but with the crowd letting him know exactly where he stood, he decided to embrace the situation.

Oosthuizen managed to navigate the carnage and was the last man standing with a chance to tie Rahm with two holes left. But he knocked his tee shot on the penultimate hole into the penalty area and his tee shot on the 72nd hole into the rough, forcing him to punch out. His approach from 69 yards stayed out, and that was that.

Hughes was the first Canadian in the final group at a major since Mike Weir at the 2003 Masters and was paired with Oosthuizen. For all the excitement Hughes had entering Sunday, he’ll leave Torrey Pines with a bit of a sour taste in his mouth.

He was 3-over through six holes and never recovered. He shot a 6-over 77 and finished tied for 15th.

“Not my day,” said Hughes, “but I’ll learn a lot from it and hopefully be back soon.”

Adam Hadwin, the only other Canadian to make the cut this week, shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday and ended up tied for 40th.

Adam Stanley is an Ottawa-based contributor to the Star’s Sports section and the host of golf podcast Next Round’s On Me. Follow him on Twitter: @adam_stanley

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Foo Fighters Rock MSG In First Full-Capacity Show In New York City Since Most COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted

Sunday night marked a huge step in New York's reopening.

Foo Fighters Rock MSG In First Full-Capacity Show In New York City Since Most COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sunday night marked a huge step in New York’s reopening.

Madison Square Garden welcomed back fans at full capacity for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started. Thousands of vaccinated people gathered to watch the Foo Fighters take the stage, CBS2’s Cory James reported.

The concert began at 8 p.m., but fans started showing up long before then, a number of them in their gear, waiting for the Foo Fighters to rock the world’s most famous arena.

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The show marked the first full capacity event at MSG since COVID-19 capacity restrictions were recently lifted in New York.

Fans told James they were happy to see more normalcy return after more than a year of the pandemic.

“I woke up one morning, heard the radio that said in 20 minutes if you have the Citi card you can get presale and I jumped out of bed and I got them,” said Kim Durso of Long Island.

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“It has been a long time now, between the lockdowns and everything else, so it’s just going to be exciting … 18,000, 19,000 people here celebrating,” added Scott Cronin of Mahopac, New York.

“They’re just electric. I love Dave Grohl,” one fan said.

“I want to see him shake his head the way he shakes his hair,” another said laughing.

“It’s going to be a good night,” another fan said.

Yvonne Saldivar from San Antonio, Texas wasted no time buying a ticket to the show and booking a flight to the Big Apple for the first time.

“This is a bucket list kind of thing, perfect timing. The city is open,” Saldivar said.

In order to watch the band rock out, concertgoers had to be fully vaccinated. All of them had to show proof of that before going through the door.

But, outside the venue, anti-vaxxers protested, saying the COVID-19 vaccine should not be required for events.

When asked if he wanted to go to the concert, upstate New Yorker John Allenville said, “No, I didn’t want to go, but this is just the first step. Should we be forced to take a vaccine and lose our freedom?”

The opposition, however, did not ruin the excitement for Foo Fighters fans. They were just happy to taste pre-pandemic life again.

“I haven’t been to this venue in years,” one person said.

“I actually had the COVID, spent nine days on a ventilator, so this is like monumental for us,” another fan said.

The Foo Fighters also dedicated the show to their stage manager, who recently passed away.

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