Jon Rahm wins U.S. Open at Torrey Pines for first major title

It turns out Jon Rahm has the temperament to win a major championship.

Jon Rahm wins U.S. Open at Torrey Pines for first major title

SAN DIEGO – It turns out Jon Rahm has the temperament to win a major championship.

The fiery Spaniard canned a 25-foot birdie at 17 and an 18-foot birdie at the last to claim the lead and close in 4-under 67 to edge Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke at the 121st U.S. Open. Rahm punctuated the moment with an uppercut fist pump.

At one point, on the front nine, there were five players tied for the lead and five players one stroke behind. Among the star-studded leaderboard were Rory McIlroy, who was chasing his fifth major and first since 2014, Bryson DeChambeau trying to defend his title, Brooks Koepka attempting to win his third U.S. Open in a five-year span, and Collin Morikawa, who was trying to become the fifth American player since World War II to capture multiple major champions before age 28.

Rahm, the World No. 3, delivered his first major title just 15 days after he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament ahead of the final round despite a commanding six-stroke lead. He took the news hard initially, but accepted the decision with grace and was cleared to play in the major after spending time in self-quarantine. But it didn’t come without consequences: Rahm missed being present when his parents arrived from Spain and met his son, Kepa, born in April, for the first time.

“That was truly, truly a hard thing,” Rahm said.

U.S. Open: Leaderboard | Photos

Rahm, 26, reached World No. 1 in 2019, and the question long has been when, not if, he would win a major. All that has seemingly held him back is a temper that always seems on the verge of self-combustion. When asked on Friday how he managed to keep his composure at the most mentally-taxing championship, he snapped: “Am I ever going to escape that question?”

“He is a gentle giant,” said Phil Mickelson, who has served as a mentor to Rahm. “He’s got the kindest heart, and yet he has a great fire and passion to the game.”

Rahm opened with rounds of 69-70-72 and trailed the three 54-hole co-leaders – Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes and Oosthuizen – by three strokes heading into the final round. Needing to make a Sunday charge, Rahm came out of the gate like a raging bull, making birdies at the first two holes and survived a couple of loose tee shots at the third and fourth, which led to his lone bogey of the day, and the ninth, which thanks to a free drop he converted into a birdie to join the trophy hunt.

As others faltered, including DeChambeau who held a one-stroke lead with nine holes to go only to shoot 77 and finish nine strokes off the pace, Rahm played steady golf. He kept his composure and reeled off seven straight pars before his dramatic birdie-birdie finish to match the low round of the week and finish at 6-under-par 278.

Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 British Open, finished second for the sixth time at a major and the second consecutive major in a row, having finished second to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship last month. A bogey at the 17th hole after pulling his drive into a penalty area meant Oosthuizen needed to make eagle on the 72nd hole and he managed only a birdie. But it was Rahm’s week in the city that always has been good to him, including when he dropped to one knee and asked his wife, Kelley, to marry him during a hike at nearby Torrey Pines Reserve Park.

Rahm, who became the first Spaniard to win a U.S. Open, walked off the 72nd green and hugged his wife and held his son. It capped off a first Father’s Day he’ll never forget.

“You have no idea what this means right now,” he said to Kepa. “You will soon enough.”

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How much money each golfer won at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Rahm will take home a whopping $2.25 million for the win.

How much money each golfer won at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

It pays to play well in major championships, folks. Just ask this week’s winner, Jon Rahm.

It was a storybook day for Rahm as the 26-year-old Spaniard won the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego on Sunday evening, claiming his first major title at the same place he proposed to his wife and earned his first PGA Tour victory. Rahm made clutch birdies from 25 feet and 18 feet on his final two holes to take the clubhouse lead at 6 under and ultimately defeat 54-hole co-leader Louis Oosthuizen by one.

Here’s how much money each player earned this week at the U.S. Open.

U.S. Open: Leaderboard | Photos | Winner’s bag

Position Player Score Earnings
1 Jon Rahm -6 $2,250,000
2 Louis Oosthuizen -5 $1,350,000
3 Harris English -3 $829,084
T4 Guido Migliozzi -2 $498,176
T4 Brooks Koepka -2 $498,176
T4 Collin Morikawa -2 $498,176
T7 Branden Grace -1 $306,893
T7 Daniel Berger -1 $306,893
T7 Paul Casey -1 $306,893
T7 Xander Schauffele -1 $306,893
T7 Scottie Scheffler -1 $306,893
T7 Rory McIlroy -1 $306,893
T13 Francesco Molinari E $217,796
T13 Russell Henley E $217,796
T15 Patrick Cantlay 1 $177,279
T15 Kevin Streelman 1 $177,279
T15 Matthew Wolff 1 $177,279
T15 Mackenzie Hughes 1 $177,279
T19 Patrick Reed 2 $125,363
T19 Sergio Garcia 2 $125,363
T19 Charl Schwartzel 2 $125,363
T19 Brian Harman 2 $125,363
T19 Jordan Spieth 2 $125,363
T19 Justin Thomas 2 $125,363
T19 Dustin Johnson 2 $125,363
T26 Hideki Matsuyama 3 $87,941
T26 Rikuya Hoshino 3 $87,941
T26 Chris Baker 3 $87,941
T26 Martin Kaymer 3 $87,941
T26 Bryson DeChambeau 3 $87,941
T31 Patrick Rodgers 4 $71,030
T31 Dylan Wu 4 $71,030
T31 Joaquin Niemann 4 $71,030
T31 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 4 $71,030
T35 Edoardo Molinari 5 $57,696
T35 Robert MacIntyre 5 $57,696
T35 Adam Scott 5 $57,696
T35 Lanto Griffin 5 $57,696
T35 Sungjae Im 5 $57,696
T40 Wade Ormsby 6 $43,883
T40 Adam Hadwin 6 $43,883
T40 Chez Reavie 6 $43,883
T40 Si Woo Kim 6 $43,883
T40 J.T. Poston 6 $43,883
T40 Ian Poulter 6 $43,883
T46 Rick Lamb 7 $32,351
T46 Tom Hoge 7 $32,351
T46 Dylan Frittelli 7 $32,351
T46 Lee Westwood 7 $32,351
T50 Tommy Fleetwood 8 $27,738
T50 Rafa Cabrera Bello 8 $27,738
T50 Gary Woodland 8 $27,738
T50 Bubba Watson 8 $27,738
T50 Richard Bland 8 $27,738
T55 Kevin Kisner 9 $26,056
T55 Matt Fitzpatrick 9 $26,056
T57 Taylor Montgomery 10 $25,183
T57 Stewart Cink 10 $25,183
T57 Akshay Bhatia 10 $25,183
T57 Jhonattan Vegas 10 $25,183
T57 Charley Hoffman 10 $25,183
T62 Greyson Sigg 11 $24,310
T62 Phil Mickelson 11 $24,310
64 Marc Leishman 12 $23,936
T65 Matt Jones 13 $23,437
T65 Troy Merritt 13 $23,437
T65 Shane Lowry 13 $23,437
T68 Wilco Nienaber 14 $22,814
T68 Kyle Westmoreland 14 $22,814
T70 Fabián Gómez 19 $22,316
T70 Jimmy Walker 19 $22,316
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