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US Open day four: Jon Rahm produces stunning finish to win first major title

US Open day four: Jon Rahm produces stunning finish to win first major title
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Jon Rahm became the first Spanish player to lift the title and also returned to the top of the world rankings with the victory.

Jon Rahm hailed the "power of positive thinking" after winning his first major title with a stunning finish in the 121st US Open.

Rahm became the first Spanish player to lift the title and also returned to the top of the world rankings after making birdies on the final two holes at Torrey Pines to finish a shot ahead of South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

The 26-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19 just 15 days earlier and was given the news moments after completing a third round of 64 to establish a six-shot lead in defence of his title at the Memorial Tournament.

"This is the power of positive thinking," said Rahm, who was able to cut short a 10-day period of self-isolation last Saturday after twice testing negative.

"I was never resentful for one second for what happened. And I don't blame anybody. It's been a difficult year and unfortunately Covid is a reality in this world and it's affected a lot of people."

Tweet of the day

One over-enthusiastic spectator decided he would hit a few shots of his own from the 13th fairway before being tackled by security.

Quote of the day

Rahm accepted his enforced withdrawal from the Memorial Tournament after testing positive for Covid-19 with a welcome sense of perspective and reaped the rewards at Torrey Pines.

Shot of the day

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau took the lead in brilliant fashion before coming undone on the back nine.

Round of the day

Rahm equalled the lowest round of the week with a closing 67 which included five birdies, two of them coming at the 17th and 18th.

Statistic of the day

Louis Oosthuizen has now finished runner-up six times in major championships.

Easiest hole

The par-five ninth was the easiest hole for the first time, one eagle and 27 birdies resulting in a scoring average of 4.648.

Toughest hole

Rory McIlroy was one of four players to make a double bogey on the 12th hole, which yielded just three birdies and played to an average of 4.549.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

> Today's schedule in full
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