His victory comes just 15 days after he was forced to withdraw after the third round of the Memorial Tournament by six shots after testing positive for the coronavirus.
“I think one of the biggest setbacks, you can get some of the biggest breakouts and I think a lot of people thought or thought I was more angry about the situation than I really was,” Ram told CNN Sport’s Don Riddle.
“I’ve never really blamed anyone. I’ve never resented anything, these are things I can’t control while we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
“I’ve had a lot of loved ones and a lot of friends suffer and even get rid of this, so my first thought was: ‘I hope my condition doesn’t get worse, my health doesn’t deteriorate, and I hope there’s no one in my family, especially my two-month-old son.
“That’s where my mind was. When everyone tested negative, I stayed mentally positive knowing some good things were going to come. I’m a big believer in karma and I stayed really positive knowing something was going to be good.”
Even before Sunday’s victory, Torrey Pines was of particular importance to Ram.
In addition to San Diego being his favorite city, it was the place his wife Kelly loved before they met as her family used to vacation there.
According to Ram, Kelly was actually carrying his bag into Monday’s Farmers Insurance Open qualifying game when they were dating, despite having no idea about golf.
Torrey Pines was also the site of his first PGA Tour win, when he won the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017.
Ram suggested to Kelly at the Tory Pines tracks, referring to the track as their “favorite spot” after winning the US Open on the track.
“Every time we come in feeling relaxed, we’re naturally happy no matter what happens,” he explained.
“Including the two of us, my parents too, that’s non-negotiable for both of them, and it’s usually a calendar date that neither her nor her parents miss.
“And the fact that they were able to be here for this as well later in the year and get it done — it, that’s what makes it even more special. That’s why I said, there’s something special up in the air today and I believed it.”
It is likely that the taste of this major victory will be sweeter to Ram after the recent arrival of his son Kiba.
Coincidentally also winning on Father’s Day – the first for Ram as a father – it was a fairy tale of a few days for the Spaniard; One takes a family trip to Ken’s Sushi Workshop to celebrate.
“Being here with him would be my first win as a dad, with him being here and being there at 18 with Kelly going up with him. [Kepa] In her arms, at that moment everything that was around me disappears. ”
“And what I did and what I do in the future will not matter at all compared to what they matter to me and how much I love them.
“That’s what I will keep telling him, no matter what I accomplished in life and no matter what happened around us this afternoon, it was still the most important thing and it will be forever.
“And I don’t know if he will ever understand the scale of this moment for me and us, but I will try to make sure he does.”
Ram had to overcome stiff competition to claim his big win, with a host of former champions and rising youngsters.
However, with his first major in the bag and back as the number one golfer in the world, Ram is now hungry for more.
“This is your first big load on your shoulders,” said the 26-year-old. “Especially when you get to #1 in the world, and play as high-quality as you’ve been for the past few years, you get ‘best for never winning a master roster’ so quickly. I wanted nothing more than to get off that list as soon as possible.”
“And I think because of what happened two weeks ago, I had an excuse. I had a little bit of an excuse in case I played badly – I had Covid, I couldn’t train, I wasn’t ready, it’s the US Open – so-and-so.
“I kind of came out with a different situation and not that I was expecting to win but I just came out, played the best golf possible and played amazing the first three rounds and today it all came together for a great day.”