Rahm, the third-ranked participant on this planet, putted back-to-back birdies on the seventeenth and 18th holes, sinking clutch putts of 24 and 18 ft respectively to take a one-stroke result in the clubhouse. He needed to watch nervously as the ultimate teams completed their rounds, however nobody was capable of match his successful rating of six-under par.
“I do know I obtained my breakthrough win right here and it is a very particular place for my household, and the truth that my mother and father have been capable of come — I obtained out of Covid protocol early — I simply felt the celebrities have been aligning,” Rahm stated.
The location of the victory additionally holds a particular place in Rahm’s coronary heart.
Not solely did he have his historic win at Torrey Pines, however he additionally proposed to his now-wife at the placement.
The victory additionally had additional significance for Rahm, falling on his first Father’s Day as a father. Rahm hugged his toddler son and his spouse moments after he was declared the winner.
“It jogs my memory loads to again dwelling (sic). It’s not precisely the identical, however the shoreline, the climate, the temperature, that is principally a superb summer season day the place I grew up,” Rahm stated. “I feel it is one thing that basically resonates with me, I’m actually assured in it. Everything that is occurred right here — I do not know why — however each time we come right here, we’re simply glad.”
Power of a powerful end
When he was compelled to withdraw from the Memorial Tournament final month, Rahm was arguably in the most effective type of his profession.
Including the ZOZO Championship in October 2020, he had performed in 13 PGA Tour occasions, lacking the lower simply as soon as, ending within the prime 5 3 times and within the prime 10 9 instances.
Although withdrawing at Muirfield Village Golf Club and being compelled to isolate might need dampened his outlook, Rahm took it in stride to make historical past.
After carding a promising first three rounds, Rahm began Sunday as certainly one of 13 gamers inside 4 photographs of the lead.
Despite battling former main winners and the following technology of golf stars — from Bryson DeChambeau to Rory McIlroy — Rahm remained calm.
Although the chasing pack — together with Rahm — holed quite a few birdies on the entrance 9 of the robust California course, the again 9 was a special story, with gamers struggling to make par.
With one contender after one other dropping out, Rahm continued to play regular golf to stay in rivalry.
But others did make their strikes on Sunday, with each Oosthuizen and DeChambeau every claiming a share of the lead at some level through the day, solely to fall away shortly after.
Rahm’s likelihood to interrupt away seemed to have handed as he got here to the tip of his spherical, lacking birdie alternatives on the 14th and fifteenth holes, earlier than a wayward drive on the seventeenth had individuals questioning if he too was slipping away.
But a outstanding strategy shot and birdie putt had the 26-year-old celebrating wildly as he joined Oosthuizen at the highest of the leaderboard.
Battling his nerves, he made one other difficult birdie on the 18th gap to assert a one shot lead, having to take a seat and wait within the clubhouse for the later teams to complete to know if he’d finished sufficient to win.
After Oosthuizen did not recreate the magical eagle he made on the ultimate gap on Saturday, Rahm lastly realized his debut main victory, celebrating along with his spouse and new child son, in addition to current PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson, who stayed behind to congratulated the Spaniard.
“It’s unimaginable that I’m sitting subsequent to this trophy,” Rahm stated. “A pair weeks in the past, I watched my good buddy Phil win it. Not this one, however win the PGA, and I took a whole lot of inspiration from that.
“I’ve been shut earlier than, and I simply knew on a Sunday, the way in which I’ve been enjoying the previous couple of majors, I simply needed to be shut. I knew I might get it finished. I’m retaining that good Sunday mojo going. Man, I obtained it finished in a trend that apparently can solely occur to me at Torrey Pines.”