Spain’s Jon Rahm claimed an incredible first major title as he finished with back-to-back birdies on a breathless final day of the 121st US Open.
Rahm, 26, roared at a wall of fans after his putt on the 18th took him to six under and gave him a one-shot lead over South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen, who had four holes to play, bogeyed the 17th meaning he needed to eagle the last but could only birdie.
Rory McIlroy (73) and Bryson DeChambeau (77) challenged but faded late on.
Rahm’s win comes two weeks after he was forced to withdraw from a PGA Tour event he was leading because of a positive coronavirus test.
The Spaniard said his main concern at that time was for his wife and two-month-old baby and it was them he celebrated with first – on his first Father’s Day no less – after the nerveless birdie putt.
“You have no idea what this means right now,” he said to his son Kepa after hearing of Oosthuizen’s closing birdie. “You will soon enough.”
More to follow.