Father’s Day is special for so many obvious reasons, but sometimes the holiday becomes so much more. For instance, this past Sunday when Jon Rahm, playing in his first US Open as father, captured his first major championship win. This wasn’t just any win either. Yes it was his 1st major, but two weeks prior at The Memorial at Jack’s’ Place, Rahm was forced to withdraw due to Covid-19 protocols carrying a six stroke lead going into Sunday. To make matters even more difficult, he was notified as he was walking off 18 green on Saturday, in front of media who captured the all the emotion after officials broke the news. He was then required to isolate himself, perhaps in jeopardy of not even being eligible to play in the US Open. How’s that for adversity?
In the end, Rahm’s mental toughness prevailed and he’s now a major champion. Even better, he sunk two amazing putts on 17 & 18 to put himself in position to win as he waited for the rest of he field to complete their rounds. Even better than that, he got to do it with his family in attendance (mom and dad) who he hadn’t seen in almost a year. “Three generations of Rahms got to be a part of today” as he put it. What’s more special than that? Oh, that he did it at Torrey Pines, where he won his first PGA Tour event (Farmers Insurance Open) and also the place where he proposed to his now wife.
You can’t tell me that’s not a great storyline.
Congratulations to Rahm and his family on an incredible weekend! We all hope you had a GREAT Father’s Day!