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Rahm Wins US Open with birdies on 17 & 18


     (AP)--Ten players were within two shots of the lead in the final round of the U.S. Open when a game of musical chairs broke out. Suddenly, everybody started missing — except Jon Rahm. The 26-year-old Spaniard, the only player who didn’t drop a shot on the back nine, zoomed up the leaderboard as major champions and can't-miss prospects were squeezed by Torrey Pines' toughened up South Course. “You see all those great names,” Rahm said, “and to myself I thought whoever wins this one is going to be the one who won a U.S. Open with a star-packed leaderboard.” 

 

     (AP) — None of the chaos that unfolded Sunday at the U.S. Open was going to make anyone forget the putt Tiger Woods made on the 18th hole to force a playoff he won on a broken leg the first time the event was held at Torrey Pines in 2008. But this one was memorable for reasons of it’s own, including the two sloping left-to-right putts Jon Rahm made for birdie on the final two holes to win his first major championship. Torrey was so tough it took karma _ and a lot of it _ to crown this new champion.

 

     SAN DIEGO (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen has repeatedly put himself in contention at majors with his syrupy swing and easygoing nature. The South African did it again at this year's U.S. Open, building a two-shot lead after a birdie at the 10th hole. When Jon Rahm birdied his final two holes, Oosthuizen needed a birdie in his final two to tie. Instead, he bogeyed the 17th hole after pulling his tee shot left into a canyon and came up a shot short. Oosthuizen finished second in a major for the sixth time since winning the 2010 British Open.

 

     PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double and the Phoenix Suns overcame Chris Paul’s absence to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-114 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Paul sat out because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard missed his third straight game because of a sprained right knee. Deandre Ayton had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Suns. Cameron Payne started for Paul and had 11 points and nine assists to help the Suns win their eighth straight game. Paul George had 34 points for Los Angeles. Game 2 is on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

 

     PHOENIX (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and passed Mel Ott for 14th on the career runs list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended the Arizona Diamondbacks’ losing streak to 17 games with a 9-8 victory. Arizona trailed 9-2 before closing with six runs in the eighth, when Josh Rojas’ inning-ending groundout against Victor Gonzalez stranded runners at the corners. Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save. Arizona is approaching the longest losing streak of the wild card era, 19 games by the Kansas City Royals in 2005.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his sixth homer in six games for the Angels, but Daz Cameron hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Detroit Tigers avoided a four-game series sweep with a 5-3 victory over Los Angeles. Ohtani’s career-best 23rd homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, tied him with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead. Miguel Cabrera had a two-run single in the fifth for the Tigers, who finished their road trip at 4-3. Michael Fulmer pitched the 10th for his sixth save, walking Ohtani with two outs before striking out Taylor Ward.

 

     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wilmer Flores had four hits, including two of San Francisco’s four home runs, and the Giants routed the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2. Brandon Crawford hit his 16th homer and Mike Yastrzemski combined with Flores for consecutive homers in the first off Zach Eflin. San Francisco has 107 home runs, tied with Toronto for the major league lead. Sammy Long, a 25-year-old left-hander who debuted June 9, won his first major league start. Long allowed two runs and four hits in six innings with six strikeouts and one walk. He retired 10 of his final 11 batters.

 

     (AP) — The New York Yankees turned their third triple play of the season to strand the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, bailing out closer Aroldis Chapman in a shaky outing and closing down a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Gary Sánchez spoiled Sean Manaea’s gem with a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, and Jonathan Loaisiga and Lucas Luetge turned a 2-1 lead over to Chapman in the ninth. Chapman walked Jed Lowrie and Chad Pinder on nine pitches but got a hard grounder to third from Sean Murphy for the 5-4-3 triple play.

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