Rahm-ed Open

Jon Rahm
From isolation to adulation.

Heartbreak one week, unbridled joy the next.

In a similar way to my emotions fluctuating during my own round of golf. It must have been a rollercoaster fortnight for Jon Rahm.

As I predicted at the start of the year the Spaniard has now won his first Major with a great performance at the US Open.

What a gift the fans at Torrey Pines were treated to, as the action was frantic and edge of your seat stuff.

The fans made a huge noise, but even they could not have matched the roar Rahm himself made as he birdied the last to set the benchmark of six under.

With only a few left out on course he was almost there.

A wild finish then saw his closest challenger Louis Oosthuizen bogeyed the 17th. Meaning only an eagle could force a playoff.

He was not able to perform miracles and Rahm had redemption.

Redemption for Rahm

Just two weeks ago he was cruising towards victory at the Memorial Tournament, leading by six shots after the third round.

Then he was forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19. He only ended his isolation the day before the US Open started.

He quickly made up for that disappointment.

It was a topsy turvy end, as players rose to the top only to find trouble down the home stretch.

Only the Spaniard didn’t drop a shot in the closing holes.

Apt that on Father’s Day the world number three celebrated his first Major and his first Father’s Day.

So much so his first sentiment as he watched to see if he would be crowned champion was to his son Kepa.

“You have no idea what this means right now.

“You will soon enough.”

Then it was all over and the hard work had been done. Kepa’s dad was now a Major champion.

Back in 2007 Rahm won his first PGA title at Torrey Pines. And he had now added another first at this beautiful course.

“I’m a big believer in karma and after what happened a couple of weeks ago, I stayed really positive knowing that big things were coming,”

“I didn’t know what it was going to be but I knew we were coming to a special place. I got my breakthrough win here and it’s a very special place for my family.

“The fact my parents were able to come, I got out of Covid protocol early, I just felt like the stars were aligning.”

‘Seve’s Influence’

“I knew my best golf was to come and I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can’t believe I made the last two putts and I’m the first Spanish player to win the US Open,”

“This is definitely for Seve – I know he tried a lot, I know he wanted to win this one most of all.”

Another nod to Seve Ballesteros, who died 10 years ago, from a Spaniard triumphing at a Major. It’s an influence that has helped drive Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm

Both players have now a Major to their name, Seve would be proud.

A similar theme for both of their wins was a solid final 9 holes whilst chaos erupted around them.

As the US Open culminated all I could think was how to bottle that final round. I feel this was the perfect advert for golf.

A joy as everything and anything that could happen did happen.

Each Major this year has produced a fantastic story and it has only ramped up each time.

We look forward to the Open next month and what we will witness there.

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