Jon Rahm earns special home win with Spanish Open title

  • Jon Rahm earns special home win with Spanish Open title

Jon Rahm earns special home win with Spanish Open title

The victory is Rahm's first as a professional in his homeland after claiming seven national individual amateur titles at various age levels and adds to his two Rolex Series triumphs in Ireland and Dubai last season. "I started with four ideal shots and that got me going".

"I knew that if I played my game I could make birdies early on, and I started with that great drive on one and that great second shot and started with four ideal shots". "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".

Dunne's second-place finish landed him a big pay day though, as the 25-year-old picked up a cheque amounting to €166k for his efforts. So while I feel good for the next few weeks, I am disappointed not to win.

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.

Rahm played a attractive 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 hard to describe the feeling of satisfaction and pride I have right now", Rahm said. They were pushing so hard and I felt that. 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. 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 said.

Elvira also birdied the par five first and there was very quickly a three-way tie for the lead at 17 under. But his back nine of 33 would prove enough as Dunne pulled his approach to the 11th and bogeyed, then failed to pitch and putt for birdie at the driveable 13th and bogeyed the par-three 14th when he came up short of the green and chipped 10 feet past.

With his girlfriend, parents and grandmother in attendance, as well as the backing of a vociferous home support, Rahm certainly felt the pressure but turned it on when it mattered most just a week after recording his best major finish of fourth at the Masters last week.