Weekly Recap: Rahm Punch

Weekly Recap: Rahm Punch

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To say that everyone but Jon Rahm on a U.S. Open leaderboard for the ages faltered late on Sunday might be accurate. But not exactly fair.

Because when you birdie the 71st and 72nd holes to capture a major championship, it's all about you winning it as opposed to others losing it. Rahm was the only one of some half-dozen Hall of Fame names to play the back-nine under par at his beloved Torrey Pines.

One by one, Rory McIlroy (3-over on the back), Collin Morikawa (2-over), Brooks Koepka (1-over), Bryson DeChambeau (8-over!) and, ultimately, Louis Oosthuizen (disastrous bogey on 17) made critical, tournament-altering mistakes. Maybe the biggest testament to Rahm is to say that the one-time meltdown king was the coolest, most-collected guy in the room.

That allowed him to claim his first major title, to regain the No. 1 ranking in the world and, most importantly, will likely open the door to more majors now that the barrier has been lifted.

Is Rahm the best golfer in the world, and the one who will win the most majors over the next few years? Maybe. Probably. Recency bias would surely say yes, as it always does. But it's far from clear-cut. There simply are too many big names bunched very close together. In fact, Rahm's third tenure as No. 1 could be even briefer than his first two, which lasted two weeks each last summer. Dustin Johnson can regain the top spot this week at the Travelers Championship, while

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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