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Jon Rahm wins the Open de Espana

16 April 2018, 03:36 | Glen Norman

Jon Rahm celebrates with the Open de Espana winner’s trophy

Jon Rahm celebrates with the Open de Espana winner’s trophy

Rahm joins the likes of Spanish greats Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Angel Jimenez as victor of the Spanish Open.

Overnight leader Paul Dunne birdied the last to close a one-under 71 and claim second spot, with Nacho Elvira - who was tied for the lead after 16 holes - a further shot back in third after double-bogeying his penultimate hole.

Paul Dunne teeing off at the second during yesterday’s final round
Paul Dunne teeing off at the second during yesterday’s final round

Rahm, Dunne and Elvira were tied for the lead on two occasions, but it was the 23-year-old who held his nerve in his 19th Tour event to become the third-quickest player to three titles. The fourth-ranked Rahm had six birdies in his final round to end the Centro Nacional de Golf tournament on 20-under 268.

He won his first European Tour title last July at the Irish Open before win number two at the DP World Tour Championship in November.

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"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".

"It's hard to describe the feeling of satisfaction and pride right now", said Rahm after claiming his first professional victory in his homeland. Triumph the previous one join and also I'd to win that collection of winners that are Spanish and to around my newbie and pro livelihood within such a way, it'so tricky to explain how good it feels and it is.

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Rahm's fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira looked set to go to a playoff with Rahm only to hit his ball into the water on 17.

South African Gerry Coetzee surged 31 places through the field to finish fourth with a best round of the day 63. There, he escaped with a par after nearly sending his tee shot into the water, the ball just holding up in the rough. I've been blessed to be national champion with the Spanish Golf Federation many times, European champion and world champion representing them.

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With the final group needing to hole their second shots at the par-five to force a play-off, Dunne matched Rahm's two-putt gain and Elvira posted a closing par.



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