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nytimes – Jon Rahm wins US Open, his first major championship

SAN DIEGO – Jon Rahm won the 121st US Open, the US national golf championship, on Sunday. This victory is Rahm’s first in a major league and makes him the first Spaniard to win the event. It also ends a six-year streak of US winners in the event. Rahm started the final round at Torrey Pines Golf Course three strokes ahead of Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Russell Henley of the United States and Mackenzie Hughes of Canada.

For Rahm, 26, it was his sixth career victory in a PGA Tour sanctioned event. Last month, he led the memorial tournament in Ohio by six powerful hits with one round remaining, but was forced to retire when he tested positive for the coronavirus. Rahm, third in the men’s world rankings, has participated in earnest in several recent major championships, with seven top-10 rankings in the past three years. Rahm has won the PGA Tour twice in 2020, at the Memorial and at the BMW Championship.

Rahm turned pro in 2016 after playing at Arizona State, where he won 11 tournaments, second in school history behind Phil Mickelson’s 16.

The US Open returned to Torrey Pines this year for the first time since 2008, when Tiger Woods won the championship after a dramatic 19-hole playoff series. Recovering from serious leg injuries suffered in a terrible car crash in February, Woods was not in this year’s squad. He recently said his main goal is to relearn how to walk on his own.

This is a developing story.

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