'This is wild': US Open final round rocked by bizarre fan invasion

·Sports Editor
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The course invader, pictured here eventually being apprehended by police.
The course invader was eventually apprehended by police. Image: Twitter

There were extraordinary scenes during the final round of the US Open at Torrey Pines on Sunday when a fan ran onto the course and started hitting balls.

With Bryson DeChambeau preparing to play a shot on the 13th hole, an intruder wearing a cape, shorts, and not much else raced onto the middle of the fairway with a club and balls in hand.

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The man then proceeded to hit some balls off the fairway before dancing for some fellow spectators who were cheering him on.

The course invader then managed to evade some approaching security guards before finally being tackled to the ground and apprehended.

The fan appeared to fake like he was going to surrender, then raced away for a few more metres until a police officer finally caught him.

Whether or not he was unsettled by the delay remains to be seen, but DeChambeau double-bogeyed the 13th which effectively ended his championship chances.

The extraordinary scenes sent social media into meltdown.

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Jon Rahm wins US Open in thrilling finish

Just two weeks after testing positive to COVID-19, Spanish superstar Jon Rahm won the US Open in a dramatic climax at Torrey Pines.

Rahm posted a closing four-under-par 67 to finish with a six-under 278 total and consign South African Louis Oosthuizen to his sixth major championship runner-up finish.

Rahm, the World No.3 and pre-tournament favourite, rattled in successive winding birdie putts on his last two holes to seize the clubhouse lead to rapturous applause from the galleries.

He led Oosthuizen by a shot at that stage and when the third-round co-leader found the hazard on the par-4 17th, Rahm had one hand on the trophy.

Jon Rahm, pictured here after making birdie on the 18th during the final round of the 2021 US Open.
Jon Rahm celebrates after making birdie on the 18th during the final round of the 2021 US Open. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Oosthuizen needed to eagle the par-5 last hole - as he did in the third round - to force a playoff.

But he was unable to repeat the magic, leaving Rahm as the champion 15 days after being told of his COVID-19 diagnosis while holding a six-shot lead after the third round of The Memorial in Ohio.

Adam Scott carded a two-over 73 to be best of the Australians at five over, a shot ahead of Wade Ormsby (71) while Marc Leishman (77) and Matt Jones (75) finished at 12 over and 13 over respectively.

Phil Mickelson closed out his week with a 40 on the back nine for a 75, putting him at 11-over 295.

Since the last of his six runner-up finishes at Merion in 2013, he has either missed the cut or finished over par in the US Open.

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