Apr 15th, 2018
Jon Rahm wins the Open de Espana
As Paul Dunne comes up short with a one under round
Jon Rahm was won his maiden European Tour event, with a three shot victory over Ireland's Paul Dunne.
Here's Rahm's winning putt on the 18th:
Rahm dropped just one shot today, and made six birdies to post a winning five under 67, to add to rounds of 66, 67 and 68. You just cannot argue with four sub-seventy rounds.
In all, he made 21 birdies across his four rounds, two eagles and only had 3 bogeys and a single double bogey on the par four 12th on day. With this fantastic consistency he was a very worthy winner.
We had backed Ireland's Paul Dunne for his second European Tour victory at a handsome 22/1, following the advice of our betting guru Nick Fleming. Fortunately, we had gone each way, as he came in second.
Dunne had a disappointing final day, with four birdies off set by three bogeys to card a final round of 71, and finish 3 shots adrift of Rahm.
The round of the day went to George Coetzee, who shot a magnificent nine under 63 to rocket up the leaderboard. It was a classic 'there's no pressure on me, let's see what I can do' charge, and he finished on -16, one shot behind the other local favourite Nacho Elvira.
But the day belonged to the 23-year-old Rahm, who was the World No 4 before this victory. I cannot wait to see him follow in Seve's footsteps as a Ryder Cup competitor.
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