Jon Rahm Captures the United States Open Championship

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Torrey Pines Golf Course, La Jolla, CA — June 20, 2021

The final day of the United States Open Championship began with three players atop the leaderboard. Mackenzie Hughes, Louis Oosthuizen, and Russell Henley all sat at 5 under par. By virtue of the time they posted their scores from Saturday’s round, Henley who has held a portion of the lead every day of the tournament will not play in the final group. He is paired with Rory McIlroy and they tee off just before Hughes and Louis Oosthuizen, the last group off #1 just before 4 pm eastern time, 1:00 pm in California at Torrey Pines.

Father’s Day at the US Open. Photo Credit: Jeff Haynes / USGA

The Leaders Begin the Final Round

It did not take long for the followers to begin firing darts at the Top 3. Jon Rahm birdied the 1st two holes to move to -4. An incredible save on the 3rd hole, kept him in contention for the lead.

Henley made bogey on the first to drop a stroke behind. Dustin Johnson birdied the 4th to pull within 3 of the lead. Collin Morikawa birdied 2 of the first 4 holes to improve his score to -3.

When the leaders completed the opening hole, Louis Oosthuizen held the lead alone after making par. Hughes’ 2nd shot settled into the deep rough at the back of the green. He left his chip shot short and 2-putted for bogey. Rahm missed a 12-foot par putt on the 4th to give a stroke back and drop to -3. Henly recovered with a birdie on the par-3, 3rd hole to regain a tie for the lead.

Brooks Koepka moved within 2 strokes of the lead with a birdie on the 9th hole. McIlroy birdied the 4th and closed to 1 stroke back.

The Course Bites Back

The run of early birdies slowed up as the difficulty of Torrey Pines asserted itself. Bryson DeChambeau finally got his first birdie of the day on the 5th hole as he drew within a stroke of the lead.

Oosthuizen carded a bogey on the 4th and dropped out of the lead, leaving Henely alone at the top. Hughes dropped another stroke at the 5th and fell to -3. A bogey by Henley on #6 and the lead was shared by four players, McIlroy, DeChambeau, Oosthuizen, and Henley.

Henley hit into a fairway bunker on the 7th and caught a bad break when the ball settled up close to the lip. He had to blast out and was left with 143 yards to the hole. Henley managed to get within 20 feet with his 3rd shot, but missed the putt and dropped out of the lead.

New Leader

On the par-3, 8th DeChambeau missed a hole-in-one by an inch as his tee shot settled on the lip of the cup. The tap-in gave him sole possession of the lead at -5. Morikawa birdied the 9th to join the group at -4.

Henley found the bunker at the front of the 8th hole with his tee shot and it left him with a fried egg to hit out of the sand. He missed the long par putt and carded another bogey. Hughes finally ended his slide with a long birdie putt at 7 to get back to -3.

DeChambeau found a fairway bunker with his drive on the par-5, 9th. That took away any chance to go for the green in two. He laid up and hit a nice shot within 10 feet of the hole, but ended up settling for par. Several players had putts for a share of the lead, but none found the bottom of the cup.

Koepka moved to within a stroke of the lead with a birdie on 15. Another birdie on the 9th for Hughes and 6 players were now tied for 2nd with 9 holes to play. Oosthuizen was the first to break out of the pack with a birdie on 9 to take him to -5 and a share of the lead.

The Final 9 Holes

Missing the green to the right of the par-3, 11th hole, DeChambeau looked like he might relinquish the lead. His chip took a peek at the hole as it rolled past 15 feet. Bryson missed the putt and his streak of holes without a bogey ended at 30. A hole behind Oosthuizen rolled in a birdie put to take over the lead by himself at -6, two up on his competition.

Koepka made bogey on the 16th and likely dropped out of contention for the win, 3 strokes back at -3. DeChambeau missed the fairway on the 12th and ended up in the deep rough. He was able to muscle his 2nd shot onto the front of the green, but 3 putts cost him another stroke to fall 3 shots behind the leader.

On the 11th, Oosthuizen missed the green in the same manner DeChambeau did, wide right. His chip ended up in almost the same position on the green. He failed to make the save and dropped a stroke to -5.

Dropping Out of Contention

Morikawa double-bogeyed the 13th and dropped out of contention to -2. Hughes’ tee shot on the 11th missed the green and hit a tree. The ball dropped down, hit the cart path, and bounced back up into the tree becoming lodged between two branches. After taking a penalty shot, his third traveled well past the hole. Hughes’ bogey putt hit the lip of the cup but did not fall. He ended up carding a double and another contender drops out.

After a bogey at 12, McIlroy double-bogeyed the 13 and dropped to -1. Suddenly with golfers falling on every hole, the championship was narrowing to Oosthuizen at -5 and Rahm at 4 under.

DeChambeau, with a chance to gain a stroke on the par-5, 13, drove into the rough when his right foot slipped while teeing off. His 2nd settled still in the rough, and his 3rd found a greenside bunker. He made a complete mess of the hole and scored a double bogey. At -1 DeChambeau had played his way out of a repeat in the US Open.

Meanwhile, Harris English posted a score of 3 under and was the leader in the clubhouse.

The Finish

McIlroy had a real shot at an eagle on the 13th. His near-miss left him an easy birdie putt but 2 under was still 3 strokes out of the lead.

Rory McIlroy reacts to missing his eagle putt on the 13th green. Photo Credit: Chris Keane / USGA

Rahm with several birdie chances on the back nine could not find the magic. He landed in a fairway bunker with his drive on 17 but was able to put his 2nd shot on the green with a chance at another birdie to bring him into a tie for the lead. This time he drained it and became the co-leader.

Jon Rahm reacts to a missed putt late in Sunday’s final round. Photo Credit: Jeff Haynes / USGA

Oosthuizen missed the fairway on the 14th hole but hit a great shot to recover and land on the green. He salvaged the par to retain a share of the lead.

Rahm had a chance to hit the 18th green in two, he dropped his shot into the right greenside bunker. Faced with a difficult sand shot and the risk of blowing past the hole and into the water fronting the green, Rham chose to play it safe. His birdie putt curled into the center of the hole and he held the lead in the clubhouse by himself at 6 under.

Jon Rahm reacts too sinking his birdie putt on the final hole of the US Open / USGA Photo

Oosthuizen made par at 15, hit the green with his tee shot on 16, and left his birdie attempt well short of the hole. He calmly sank the 8-footer for his par. His drive on the 17th missed the fairway and ended up in the snake pit on the left side. After taking a penalty his third shot settled just short of the pin.

His par putt missed the cup entirely and barring an eagle on the par-5, 18th Rahm would be the winner. Oosthuizen drive on 18 settled into the rough making it virtually impossible to reach the green in 2. Louis managed to birdie the 18th, coming up 1 stroke short of the title.

It seems Rahm was owed some good karma after being forced out of the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago. He was leading by 6 strokes after the 3rd round when a positive COVID test left him with no choice but to withdraw. His win at Torrey Pines thrilled the crowd that urged him on at every hole.

Final Results of the 121st United States Open Golf Championship

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1 Jon Rahm -6 69 70 72 67 278
2 Louis Oosthuizen -5 67 71 70 71 279
3 Harris English -3 72 70 71 68 281
T4 Guido Migliozzi -2 71 70 73 68 282
T4 Brooks Koepka -2 69 73 71 69 282
T4 Collin Morikawa -2 75 67 70 70 282
T7 Branden Grace -1 72 70 74 67 283
T7 Daniel Berger -1 71 72 72 68 283
T7 Paul Casey -1 71 75 67 70 283
T7 Xander Schauffele -1 69 71 72 71 283
T7 Scottie Scheffler -1 72 69 70 72 283
T7 Rory McIlroy -1 70 73 67 73 283
T13 Francesco Molinari E 68 76 69 71 284
T13 Russell Henley E 67 70 71 76 284
T15 Patrick Cantlay 1 70 75 71 69 285
T15 Kevin Streelman 1 71 69 72 73 285
T15 Matthew Wolff 1 70 68 73 74 285
T15 Mackenzie Hughes 1 73 67 68 77 285
T19 Patrick Reed 2 72 73 74 67 286
T19 Sergio Garcia 2 71 74 73 68 286
T19 Charl Schwartzel 2 71 74 71 70 286
T19 Brian Harman 2 72 71 71 72 286
T19 Jordan Spieth 2 77 69 68 72 286
T19 Justin Thomas 2 73 69 71 73 286
T19 Dustin Johnson 2 71 73 68 74 286
T26 Hideki Matsuyama 3 69 76 74 68 287
T26 Rikuya Hoshino 3 69 74 73 71 287
T26 Chris Baker 3 74 71 69 73 287
T26 Martin Kaymer 3 77 68 69 73 287
T26 Bryson DeChambeau 3 73 69 68 77 287
T31 Patrick Rodgers 4 70 71 77 70 288
T31 Dylan Wu 4 70 73 74 71 288
T31 Joaquin Niemann 4 75 69 71 73 288
T31 Christiaan Bezuidenhout 4 72 70 70 76 288
T35 Edoardo Molinari 5 70 76 72 71 289
T35 Robert MacIntyre 5 71 73 72 73 289
T35 Adam Scott 5 70 75 71 73 289
T35 Lanto Griffin 5 76 69 69 75 289
T35 Sungjae Im 5 72 72 69 76 289
T40 Wade Ormsby 6 72 74 73 71 290
T40 Adam Hadwin 6 70 72 75 73 290
T40 Chez Reavie 6 76 68 72 74 290
T40 J.T. Poston 6 72 73 71 74 290
T40 Si Woo Kim 6 71 75 70 74 290
T40 Ian Poulter 6 74 71 68 77 290
T46 Rick Lamb 7 71 75 74 71 291
T46 Tom Hoge 7 72 71 76 72 291
T46 Dylan Frittelli 7 73 72 72 74 291
T46 Lee Westwood 7 71 72 71 77 291
T50 Tommy Fleetwood 8 72 73 74 73 292
T50 Rafa Cabrera Bello 8 68 76 74 74 292
T50 Gary Woodland 8 74 71 73 74 292
T50 Bubba Watson 8 72 67 77 76 292
T50 Richard Bland 8 70 67 77 78 292
T55 Kevin Kisner 9 73 73 72 75 293
T55 Matt Fitzpatrick 9 70 75 72 76 293
T57 Taylor Montgomery 10 70 76 74 74 294
T57 Stewart Cink 10 73 72 74 75 294
T57 Akshay Bhatia 10 73 73 73 75 294
T57 Charley Hoffman 10 72 71 75 76 294
T57 Jhonattan Vegas 10 75 69 74 76 294
T62 Phil Mickelson 11 75 69 76 75 295
T62 Greyson Sigg 11 71 74 75 75 295
64 Marc Leishman 12 74 70 75 77 296
T65 Matt Jones 13 72 71 79 75 297
T65 Troy Merritt 13 75 71 73 78 297
T65 Shane Lowry 13 72 74 72 79 297
T68 Wilco Nienaber 14 72 74 80 72 298
T68 Kyle Westmoreland 14 71 73 78 76 298
T70 Fabian Gomez 19 70 76 78 79 303
T70 Jimmy Walker 19 74 72 77 80 303