ASU alumnus Jon Rahm wins first career major at 2021 U.S. Open

Rahm finished six strokes under par to become the first former Sun Devil to win the tournament

Former ASU golfer Jon Rahm won the 2021 U.S. Open Sunday at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, the first major tournament victory of his career. He also became the first ASU alumnus to win the tournament.

Rahm made two consecutive birdie putts on holes 17 and 18 to end the tournament at six strokes under par. Rahm shot four strokes under par in the final round after entering play on Sunday three shots behind the lead.

Earlier this month, Rahm was in position to repeat as the Memorial Tournament champion before having to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

Rahm previously won five other events on tour, with the most recent being his victory in the 2020 BMW Championship.

Rahm celebrated the victory with his wife, Kelley, and his newborn son, Kepa, on what was his first Father's Day as a father.

The 26-year-old had an impressive ASU career spanning from 2012 to 2016. Rahm sits in second in career collegiate tournament victories for the program behind only Phil Mickelson.

Rahm became the second former Sun Devil in less than a month to win a major tournament, with Mickelson winning the 2021 PGA Championship. Mickelson struggled to replicate that performance in his hometown, finishing 11 shots over par and tied for 62nd place in the tournament.

Another former Sun Devil, Paul Casey, finished in a tie for seventh place at one stroke under par.


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