Jon Rahm became the first Spanish golfer to win the U.S. Open on Sunday. He finished with two birdies on the 71st and 72nd holes, to win his first major tournament by one shot over South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen.
Previously, Rahm was withdrawn from the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for COVID-19, where he had a six-shot lead before the final round.
“This is the power of positive thinking,” said Rahm. “I was never resentful for anything that happened, and I don’t blame anybody. It’s been a difficult year and, unfortunately, Covid is a reality in this world and has affected a lot of people.
“I had the best possible hand because nobody in my family got sick, I barely had any symptoms. But we have lost lots of people back home. I know some people may say [what happened at Memorial] was unfair, but it had to be done. We have to be aware of what is happening in this world.
“I’m a big believer in karma and after what happened a couple of weeks ago I stayed really positive knowing big things were coming. I didn’t know what it was going to be, but I knew we were coming to a special place. I got my breakthrough win here and it is a very special place for my family.”
Rahm dedicated his victory to the late Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer at the age of 54 after winning five major titles.
“This is definitely for Seve,” said Rahm. “I know he wanted to win this one most of all.”