Jon Rahm proud of 'hardest Sunday' after Open de Espana victory

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

As Rahm closed with a five-under 67 to win his third European Tour title on 20-under par and become only the sixth Spanish victor since 1972, Dunne had to console himself with a late birdie that denied Spain's Nacho Elvira a share of second at the Centro Nacional de Golf.

That sent the 31-year-old down to third behind overnight leader Paul Dunne, who was kept at bay by Rahm with a trio of birdies on a flawless back nine.

Rahm joins the likes of Spanish greats Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Angel Jimenez as victor of the Spanish Open. "When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta, it wouldn't be to just show up and walk around; I wanted to win this tournament".

His fifth arrived at his home Spanish Open at the weekend and, afterwards, he revealed that the pressure of the "favourite" tag made it the hardest Sunday he's endured in his short professional career to date.

"Being able to win this as a pro for the Spanish people feels great, it's hard to describe".

Dunne holes out on 18 to finish outright second.

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His three wins have come in just 19 events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark, and he joins countrymen Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as Spanish winners of the event since it joined the European Tour in 1972.

Further down the leaderboard, South Africa's George Coetzee would finish solo fourth on 16 under, four off the pace, while a host of players, including Marc Warren local Jorge Campillo, were locked for T5 on 15 under.

"It's been unbelievable", continued Rahm. You can tell how excited everybody is. They were pushing so hard and I felt that. I tried to isolate myself, but I could feel it. I've been blessed to be national champion with the Spanish Golf Federation many times, European champion and world champion representing them.

It gave him a two-shot victory over Ireland's Paul Dunne. "I saw the willingness and the feeling everybody had".

Elvira was tied with Rahm standing on the par-3 17th tee and while both hit less than ideal tee shots Elvira's found water while Rahm's held up in a patch of long grass.

Elsewhere, Japan's Satoshi Kodaira beat Si Woo Kim of Korea at the third extra hole to win the PGA Tour's Heritage Classic at Hilton Head in SC.

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