US Open day four: Jon Rahm stuns with triumph at Torrey Pines
Jon Rahm hailed the “power of positive thinking” after winning his first major title with a stunning finish in the 121st US Open.
Rahm became the first Spanish player to lift the title and also returned to the top of the world rankings after making birdies on the final two holes at Torrey Pines to finish a shot ahead of South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen.
The 26-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19 just 15 days earlier and was given the news moments after completing a third round of 64 to establish a six-shot lead in defence of his title at the Memorial Tournament.
“This is the power of positive thinking,” said Rahm, who was able to cut short a 10-day period of self-isolation last Saturday after twice testing negative.
“I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don’t blame anybody. It’s been a difficult year and unfortunately Covid is a reality in this world and it’s affected a lot of people.”
Tweet of the day
One over-enthusiastic spectator decided he would hit a few shots of his own from the 13th fairway before being tackled by security.
Quote of the day
Rahm accepted his enforced withdrawal from the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for Covid-19 with a welcome sense of perspective and reaped the rewards at Torrey Pines.
Shot of the day
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau took the lead in brilliant fashion before coming undone on the back nine.
Round of the day
Rahm equalled the lowest round of the week with a closing 67 which included five birdies, two of them coming at the 17th and 18th.
Statistic of the day
Louis Oosthuizen has now finished runner-up six times in major championships.
The par-five ninth was the easiest hole for the first time, one eagle and 27 birdies resulting in a scoring average of 4.648.
Rory McIlroy was one of four players to make a double bogey on the 12th hole, which yielded just three birdies and played to an average of 4.549.
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The Norwegian held off Scottie Scheffler to win by two shots.
Home favourite Thriston Lawrence survives late scare to win South African Open
The South African beat Clement Sordet by one stroke.
Adrian Meronk wins Australian Open as playing partner Adam Scott misses out
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Poland’s Adrian Meronk eclipses Adam Scott to win Australian Open
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Thriston Lawrence and Clement Sordet set for final-day battle at South African Open
Thriston Lawrence leads his playing partner by two shots.
Adam Scott leads Australian Open ahead of Adrian Meronk
Scott moved to 11 under on Saturday, one stroke better than Meronk at the summit.
Adam Scott equals course record to share halfway lead at Australian Open
Scott carded five birdies and an eagle on the 18th at Victoria Golf Club.
Hole-in-one helps Tom McKibbin make strong start in South Africa
The 19-year-old holed out with a five iron from 232 yards on the 11th hole.
A nice birdie-fest – Tiger Woods expecting low scoring Hero World Challenge
Woods withdrew on Monday due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Adam Scott relishing chance to experience a career first at the Australian Open
The tournament sees men, women and golfers with disabilities competing on the same course at the same time.