Jon Rahm closes with 2 birdies to win US Open

Rahm shoots 4-under 67, wins by 1 shot over Luis Oosthuizen
Jon Rahm reacts to birdie on 18th hole of final round of 2021 US Open
Posted at 8:30 PM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 20:36:30-04

SAN DIEGO — Jon Rahm is the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open. Two monumental clinched it.

Rahm birdied his final two holes Sunday to shoot a 4-under 67 and win the U.S. Open by a shot over Luis Oosthuizen.

Trailing Oosthuizen by a shot when he stepped to the 17th tee, Rahm tied for the lead with a 24-foot birdie putt on the par-4. He hit his second shot on the par-5 18th hole into a bunker right of the green and blasted it out to 18 feet.

Rahm curled the putt into the hole and pumped his fist as the crowd roared. He becomes a major champion for the first time on his first Father's Day since his son Kepa was born before the Masters.

The victory comes three weeks after Rahm tested positive for COVID-19 and had to pull out of the Memorial with a six-shot lead.

Oosthuizen still had a chance after Rahm's closing birdie, but bogeyed No. 17 after pulling his tee shot left into the canyon. He birdied No. 18 to shoot a 70 and finish at 5 under.