Jon Rahm secures Open de Espana title

Jon Rahm secures Open de Espana title

Jon Rahm secures Open de Espana title

The fourth-ranked Rahm had six birdies in his final round to end the Centro Nacional de Golf tournament on 20-under 268.

"When I chose your decision in the future direct from Augusta rsquo & it wouldn;t be to show up and wander around, " I wished to get that particular tournament", Rahm told reporters.

"I've been blessed to be national champion from 16 to all ages in Spain", he added.

Bidding to become the first wire-to-wire victor since Neil Coles in 1973, the Greystones star (25) had to make a 10-footer for birdie at 18th just to finish two shots behind the conquering home hero.

"It's hard to describe the feeling of satisfaction and pride I have right now", Rahm said.

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Moments later, Rahm birdied the last to secure a third win from only 19 European Tour events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark. "They payed a huge part, I came for them mainly so I'm just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people".

Marcus Fraser closed with an even par 72 for an 8-under total and T46, Jason Norris two shots further back after a closing 74 to be T58.

The Arizona State graduate began the day two shots behind Dunne, but birdied the first hole to begin his charge.

While he was tied for the lead when he birdied the 10th, the putts that fell for the first three days failed to drop.

Rahm narrowly escaped the water on the 17th and made it into the clubhouse in a strong position with a birdie on the final hole, embracing his grandmother after completing the round.

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The 23 year old was once again the solo leader when a poor approach to the sixth led to an Elvira bogey but Rahm bogeyed the ninth and there was a three-way tie for the second time.

Rahm again incurred the wrath of Sky commentators, including renowned Dougie Donnelly, for a second day running, in failing to call "Fore" after a wild drive off the 10th that would lead to a chip-in birdie and take him to 18-under.

Dunne bounced back on the next to stay in contention but Elvira found the water for a double-bogey on the 17th and with Rahm birdieing the last, the title was sealed.

While he birdied the 15th to get back to within two shots of Rahm and Elvira, there were to be no late mistakes from the eventual victor.

Spaniard Jorge Campillo and Scot Marc Warren carded closing rounds of 69 to finish at 15 under alongside Australian Brett Rumford and Swedish rookie Henric Sturehed, who picked up his first European Tour cheque.

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