Rahm dedicated his victory to his late countryman Ballesteros, who died a decade ago of brain cancer
Jon Rahm became the fourth Spanish major champion when he finished with two brilliant birdies to capture the US Open Sunday.
He edged South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke in a wild battle of attrition that finally turned into a two-man race as several other contenders came unglued on the difficult back nine at Torrey Pines.
Rahm was the only contender to avoid a bogey on the inward half, and he timed his run perfectly by sinking lengthy, sharply-breaking putts at the 17th and 18th holes.
He shot 67 for a six-under-par 278, and was confirmed as the champion when Oosthuizen was unable to eagle the par-five 18th.
Rahm dedicated his victory to his late countryman Seve Ballesteros, who died a decade ago of brain cancer.
Ballesteros won five majors, but never the U.S. Open.
The win comes a fortnight after Rahm was withdrawn from the Memorial tournament after testing positive for coronavirus before the final round.
He had a six-shot lead at the time.
While Rahm celebrated, Oosthuizen pondered another major near-miss.
Though Oosthuizen birdied the final hole for a 71, it was another bitter pill for the likeable South African, who also finished runner-up at last month's PGA Championship, and now has six career second-placings in the four tournaments that comprise the grand slam.