Jon Rahm Wins 2021 U.S. Open in Thrilling Style

By Nick Heidelberger

Jon Rahm lifts the U.S. Open Trophy

Jon Rahm had a June to remember. After being forced to withdraw from the Memorial while holding a six-stroke lead through 54 holes, Rahm responded with a thrilling one-stroke U.S. Open victory at Torrey Pines for his first major win.

How it Happened

Rahm’s U.S. Open win came in epic fashion, as the Spaniard birdied the final two holes on Sunday to separate himself from an all-star cast of chasers by a single stroke, which proved to be just enough to win. Rahm carded five birdies with just one bogey on Sunday to post a final-round 67 and finish the tournament 6-under par.

“I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can't even believe I made the last two putts, and I'm the first Spaniard ever to win a U.S. Open.” Rahm said. “This was definitely for Seve [Ballesteros]. I know he tried a lot, and usually we think a lot about him at the Masters, but I know he wanted to win this one most of all. I just don't know how to explain it.”

Who Rahm Beat

Rahm finished one stroke ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, who began the day tied for the lead and shot an even-par round of 71 Sunday. Oosthuizen bogied the 17th hole on Sunday and even though he responded with a birdie on the 18th, it wasn’t enough to match Rahm’s heroics down the stretch.

“I didn't win it,” said Oosthuizen. “I'm second again. It's frustrating. It's disappointing. Winning a major championship is not just going to happen. I played good today, but I didn't play good enough.”

Harris English finished alone in third at 3-under par for the tournament, while Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa, and Guido Migliozzi tied for fourth a 2-under. Branden Grace, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey, Zander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McElroy tied for seventh, providing a made-for-TV leaderboard.

The 2022 U.S. Open

The 122nd U.S. Open Championship will be contested June 16-19, 2022 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., where Curtis Strange won in a playoff over Nick Faldo in 1988 and 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet defeated British stalwarts Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff to win the 1913 U.S. Open.

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About the Author

Nick Heidelberger is the Editor of GolfLink. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and has been an avid golfer for more than 10 years. In the years prior to joining GolfLink, he worked for the New England Section of the PGA of America.