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Spain’s Jon Rahm wins US Open

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, with Rahm the only contender to not drop a shot in the closing holes.

After the nerveless birdie putt saw him close out a four-under-par 67, the world number three paid tribute to his wife and two-month old son on Father’s 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.”

He also dedicated the win to Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros, who claimed five major titles but died 10 years ago of brain cancer at the age of 54.

“I knew my best golf was to come and I have a hard time explaining what just happened because I can’t believe I made the last two putts and I’m the first Spanish player to win the US Open,” Rahm continued.

“This is definitely for Seve – I know he tried a lot, I know he wanted to win this one most of all.”

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