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Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

Dunne, the British Masters champion, was "disappointed" to miss out on a second European Tour victory but, at the same time, expressed his delight for the victor.

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.

The 24-year-old is one of the game's most highly regarded young players and to win his home Open at an early age will be a relief. Some of them skidded and some of the bounced off.

"I just kept the good play going. I'm just happy to play the way I did when my putting wasn't the greatest".

"I've been blessed to be national champion from 16 to all ages in Spain", Rahm told reporters.

The tournament was eventually decided on the short 17th as Rahm escaped with a par after nearly sending his tee shot into the water, the ball just holding up in the rough.

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.




"It's such a satisfying feeling", he said. "The feeling of pride and satisfaction is fantastic". "It's probably the hardest Sunday I've ever had to play because the amount of crowds I was carrying". Everyone seemed to want me to win.

"They were pushing so hard and I felt that and as a golfer it is hard to deal with your emotions sometimes, and while I tried to isolate myself I could feel the emotion and used the crowd emotion". "So to win here is great". One ahead of Elvira and two clear of Rahm and Sweden's Henric Sturehed overnight, his closing birdie was worth an extra €36,380 as he picked up €166,660 for solo second. That collection includes trophies from the Irish Open, Farmers Insurance Open, World Tour Championship, CareerBuilder Challenge and now his beloved Spain. "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 birdied the last, although he didn't need it, to grab the trophy.

Then for a fourth day in succession, Dunne birdied the par-5 fifth with his eagle chip shot from just off the green missing the cup by millimetres.

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.

Elvira also birdied the par five first and there was very quickly a three-way tie for the lead at 17 under.

Rahm would only birdie the 13th and 18th.