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Many golf fans felt that Jon Rahm was cheated out of his victory at the Memorial Tournament three weeks ago when he was forced to withdraw on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19. Had he not withdrawn, Rahm would have entered the final round with a six shot lead, and it was all but certain that he would have won if he finished the tournament. Rahm handled the situation with grace though, no matter how unfair it was he understood that safety comes first, and he came away from that event looking better in most peoples eyes. Fast forward two weeks to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Rahm was considered the favorite among most tour experts, and it came as no surprise when he found himself tied for fifth after the first day. For the most part, Rahm moved up the leaderboard quietly, as most people focused on on the 48 year old, Richard Bland who was looking to make history as the oldest winner of the U.S. Open. After Bland fell from contention, most eyes then went to the leaders, Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes, and Louis Oosthuizen, as well as the two time U.S. Open Champion, Brooks Koepka, the 2011 U.S. Open Champion, Rory McIlroy, and the reigning U.S. Open Champion, Bryson DeChambeau. During the final round, Rahm roared from behind, making an historic Sunday charge. He birdied the first two holes to move one behind of the leaders. However, after bogeying the fourth hole, Rahm then fell two behind Oosthuizen and Henley, and one behind of McIlroy who had birdied the fourth hole to tie the lead. Rahm’s bogey on the fourth appeared to have simmered down his charge, as he proceed to par the next four holes. However, Rahm came back with a birdie on the ninth to tie the lead again. While Henley quickly fell down the leaderboard with a front nine 38, Bryson DeChambeau threw himself into the mix, birdying the ninth hole to take a one shot lead over Oosthuizen. Rahm now found himself two back. However, DeChambeau quickly tumbled down the leaderboard with bogeys on the eleventh and twelfth holes, and a double bogey on the thirteenth hole. McIlroy also quickly shot himself out of the tournament with a bogey on the eleventh and a double bogey on the twelfth. Collin Morikawa and Brooks Koepka were also in the mix well into the final round with matching 32s on the front nine. Morikawa even held the lead by himself for a short while before eventually faltering with a double bogey on the thirteenth hole. Koepka held strong at -3 for most of the back nine before tying the lead with a birdie on the fifteenth hole. Unfortunately, Koepka quickly followed that birdie up with bogeys on the sixteenth and eighteenth holes. Mackenzie Hughes was one back of the lead at -4 going to the back nine before he also faltered with a double bogey on the eleventh. While most of the contenders found themselves struggling on the back nine, Rahm stayed solid, parring the first seven holes before making two incredible birdies on the seventeenth and eighteenth holes to get to -6. Oosthuizen played the back nine very well, playing it at even par before he bogeyed the seventh to fall two behind of Rahm. Oosthuizen was unable to eagle the final hole, and Rahm was crowned the 2021 U.S. Open Champion. Rahm not only conquered a tremendously tough golf course, but a large crowd of the best players in the game. Rahm’s victory was truly legendary. Congratulations, Jon, on becoming the 2021 U.S. Open Champion!