Paul Dunne speaks out following heartbreak at Spanish Open

Result: Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

Result: Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

The world No 4 - the home favourite this week in Madrid - fired a final-round 67 at Centro Nacional de Golf to finish on 20 under and two clear of nearest challenger Paul Dunne.

Overnight leader Dunne led by one shot heading into the final round, but Rahm stamped his mark on proceedings with birdies at the first, second and seventh holes.

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.

The win was Rahm's third on the European Tour and fifth worldwide since the start of 2017.

The Spaniard has now joined Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia who also won three times in Europe and twice on the PGA Tour before turning 24 over the past 30 years.

"It's such a satisfying feeling", Rahm said after a round that featured just one blemish - a nervous three-putt at the ninth that he erased by chipping in for birdie at the 10th.

"It's probably by far the hardest Sunday I've ever had to play just because of the amount of crowds I was carrying", he said.

"You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified". "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".


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

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.

There was a lot of pressure on Rahm because he was playing in front of home fans.

Rahm did not look likely to take advantage of the par five tenth after sending his second right and his third over the green but he chipped in and led on his own, with Dunne hitting back on the same hole when he got up and down from a bunker.

Elvira soon changed that, holing a ten-footer on the 13th and a monster on the next to tie the lead and, with Dunne making a bogey on the 14th, a Spanish win was on the cards.

Elvira handed the title to Rahm when he hit his tee shot into the water at the 17th and made a double bogey just moments after the champion's tee shot hung up on the bank, allowing him to save what turned out to be a crucial par.

The Spaniard, who's now the World number four, claimed a two-shot victory after carding a closing 67 to move 20 under for the tournament.

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