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US Open: Jon Rahm finishes with back-to-back birdies to claim first major title

US Open: Jon Rahm finishes with back-to-back birdies to claim first major title

-6 J Rahm (Spa); -5 L Oosthuizen (SA); -3 H English (US); -2 G Migliozzi (Ita), B Koepka (US), C Morikawa (US)
Selected others: -1 P Casey (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); level F Molinari (Ita); +2 J Spieth (US), J Thomas (US), D Johnson (US); +3 B DeChambeau (US); +5 R MacIntyre (Sco); +6 I Poulter (Eng) 

Spain's Jon Rahm claimed an incredible first major after finishing with back-to-back birdies on a breathless final day of the US Open at Torrey Pines.

Rahm, 26, roared at a wall of fans after his putt on the 18th took him to six under and gave him a one-shot lead over South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

Oosthuizen then bogeyed the 17th, meaning he needed to eagle the last to force a play-off but could only birdie.

Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau challenged but faded late on.

Both players held a share of the lead early in the round but were among many to struggle on the back nine, while Rahm was the only contender to not drop a shot in the closing holes.

The victory comes two weeks after he was forced to withdraw from a PGA Tour event he was leading by six shots after three rounds because of a positive coronavirus test.

The world number three said his main concern at that time was for his wife and two-month-old baby and it was them he celebrated with - on his first Father's Day no less - after the nerveless birdie putt saw him close out a four-under-par 67, the joint lowest score of the day.

"You have no idea what this means right now," he said to his son Kepa after hearing of Oosthuizen's closing birdie. "You will soon enough." 

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