Rahm claims Irish Open with record win

Hope Soto
July 10, 2017

After finishing the first day seven shots off the lead, the Sheffield golfer posted a blemish free front nine after starting his second round on the tenth.

He joined Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia on the list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open.

"I've never led going into the final round so I am a little inexperienced in that sense, but I know what I did at Torrey Pines [where he won the Farmers Insurance Open], both good and bad".

"Today, for 15 holes, I played the best golf I can ever play on the course with the weather we had", Rahm said. I learned a lot about myself and it's a really, really special day.

But no penalty was imposed and a dominant Rahm finished six clear ahead of Richie Ramsay and Matthew Southgate. Justin Rose, David Drysdale and Ryan Fox shared fourth.

The tournament formed part of the prestigious new Rolex Series of events, boasting a prize fund of £5.4m, and Rahm picked up £585,000 for his victory.

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Four strokes back is Love, who at 53 years and two months is seeking to supplant Sam Snead (52 years, 10 months) as the oldest player to win on the Tour.

Rahm, 22, carded 65-67-67-65 for 24-under at Portstewart Golf Club.

Ramsay, Drysdale and Fox earned places at The Open with their performances.

The Donegal club have been proactive in tendering for the right to stage one of the European Tour's top events and tabled an official bid in May a year ago where meetings began with European Tour representatives following the Irish Open at the K Club.

McIlroy was one under for his round with two holes to play but a double-bogey six on the 17th ended any chance of his playing all four days, leaving him one-over-par 73 for the second round. He will take a good deal of confidence into The Open at Birkdale - the course where he burst onto the scene as a teenage amateur in the championship of 1998.

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