I was delighted that Jon Rahm won his first Major and become the first Spaniard to do so for many reasons, not least as I backed him.
He should have won the Memorial last week as he was six strokes clear before being tested positive for Covid prior to the final round but the bookies showed they have a heart after all by paying out. It was a terrific final day yesterday.
48 year old Richard Bland fell away, as did Russell Henley, leaving the big guns Rahm, Rory, Brooks Koepka, his bitter rival Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morilawa and – another of my fancies – Louis Oosthuizen to fight it out.
Oosthuizen is playing really well right now.
I backed him each way but only a bogey on the 17th stopped him from matching Rahm’s score.
One golfer in the mix who might be unfamiliar to the reader is young Italian Migliozzi.
He has recently been a runner-up on the European tour and may well feature in the 2023 Ryder Cup in Italy.
It was only a question of time before Rahm won his first Major.
He has all the attributes except for an explosive temperament which he seems now to have controlled.
He reminds me of another Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros, to whom he dedicated his victory.
It was not a natural track for him as the tight greens and thick rough demanded precision rather than power but in that final round he produced birdie after birdie leaving his equals in his wake.