The “best player to never win a major” is a constantly shifting title in golf, but one man will never hold it again as Spain’s Jon Rahm was a two-shot winner at Torrey Pines to claim the 2021 U.S. Open on Sunday.
Rahm wins $2.25 million in prize money, and was the +1000 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook as the tournament began. The 27-year-old now has 13 professional wins, including six on the PGA Tour, and might be at the beginning of a long stretch of terrific golf.
Rahm made five birdies and just one bogey on Sunday for a final score of -6 (278). He held off Louis Oosthuizen, who finished one back including a birdie on 18 that left him a single shot short of a win.
The forced withdrawal of Rahm from The Memorial just two weeks ago due to testing positive for COVID-19, despite having just received the vaccine, was pretty brutal. He was leading by six shots at the time, but had no choice under PGA Tour regulations. But at no point did he feel unhealthy, and it showed in his first major just 11 days later at Torrey Pines.