Friday, 17 August, 2018

Jon Rahm wins Open De Espana

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Kristopher Love | 17 April, 2018, 03:51

With AP Photos.Jon Rahm shot a 5-under 67 to win the Spanish Open with overnight leader Paul Dunne two shots behind. I hit a lot of chips that I thought were better than they were. Some of them skidded and some of the bounced off.

"I'm just happy to play the way I did and to get it done", Rahm told Sky Sports.

"My game was great". My putter hasn't been the hottest all week but the strokes I've gained off the tee and the driver the way I've hit it has compensated. I feel good going into the next few weeks. It's a little frustrating not to get anything going, not to get any putts to go in.

Elvira finished third at three shots behind Rahm. "The feeling of pride and satisfaction is fantastic". "It's truly been the hardest Sunday I've ever had in any tournament that I've won because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much". "Spain has a great champion in Jon and I'm sure he'll win many more", said the Irishman.

He said 'I felt like I hit the ball great. As a golfer it's hard to deal with the public's emotions, so I tried to isolate myself and that's perhaps why I didn't play my best golf.

His joy contrasted with Dunne's disappointment although the Greystones man will move to a career-high of 68th in world today. That collection includes trophies from the Irish Open, Farmers Insurance Open, World Tour Championship, CareerBuilder Challenge and now his beloved Spain.

But this was an even more impressive win considering the pressure on his shoulders.

"It's such a satisfying feeling", he said. "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".

Rahm played a lovely chip at the first to set up a birdie and when he hit a huge drive on the second to set up another gain, he was in a share of the lead with Dunne.

Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter, who snatched a late place at the Masters Tournament following his play-off triumph at the Houston Open on the US PGA Tour earlier this month, was in contention for a second victory of the season at the RBC Heritage in SC as he approached the back nine just one shot off the lead.

Marc Warren birdied two of the last four holes to secure a share of fifth spot, his best performance of the season, but the day belonged to Rahm as he became the sixth Spanish player to win the event.