Jon Rahm storms to Irish Open victory

The Spaniard finished six clear of Matthew Southgate and Richie Ramsay

Jon Rahm wins Irish Open
Jon Rahm wins Irish Open
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Spain’s Jon Rahm fired a superb final round of 65 at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open by six shots from Richie Ramsay and Matthew Southgate.

Jon Rahm started the final day at Portstewart tied for the lead with Daniel Im of the USA but he moved ahead early with some spectacular play. On the par-5 4th he holed his third shot from some 150 yards for a spectacular eagle. He moved three ahead with another gain at the par-5 7th and the advantage was extended to five after further birdies on the 8th and 9th holes.

The back nine was something of a procession for Rahm and he was in such a comfortable position that two dropped shots in his last three holes were of no consequence. He finished on 24-under-par and claimed his maiden European Tour title. He joined Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia on the list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open.

“It's such a great honour now just to be part of the history of this event," said Rahm. "Such a great country, such a great history in the tournament and such a great golf course. To me it's such a great week, it really is special for me to share it with three of my heroes.”

Richie Ramsay of Scotland also closed with a 65 to climb the board and end the week in a tie for second place with England’s Matthew Southgate. Justin Rose, David Drysdale and Ryan Fox shared fourth.

3 Talking points from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

1 – This was Jon Rahm’s first European Tour win but it wasn’t without incident. When four clear on the 13th hole, there was a query about how the Spaniard had marked his ball on the 6th green. He had to move his marker to get out of the way of playing partner Daniel Im’s ball but, when he replaced his ball he did so ahead of the spot instead of alongside it as he had marked it. But it was decided there should be no penalty and Rahm went on to win by six shots. With the win Rahm will move back inside the top-10 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

2 – It was a good week for Scottish players Richie Ramsay and David Drysdale. Both finished well at Portstewart, with rounds of 65 and 63 respectively. Both earned places in The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale as a result. The final open spot on offer went to Ryan Fox of New Zealand.

3 – Justin Rose showed good form in Northern Ireland. The Englishman played four under-par rounds to end the week tied fourth. 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.

Justin Rose swing sequence:

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation Portstewart GC, Northern Ireland Jul 6-9 Purse: $7,000,000 Par: 72

1    Jon Rahm (Esp)        65    67    67    65    264    €1,019,362 T2    Richie Ramsay (Sco)    68    70    67    65    270    €531,223 T2    Matthew Southgate (Eng) 65    68    71    66    270    €531,223 T4    David Drysdale (Sco)    66    69    73    63    271    €240,672 T4    Ryan Fox (NZ)        67    66    70    68    271    €240,672 T4    Justin Rose (Eng)        67    70    66    68    271    €240,672 T4    Daniel Im (USA)        64    67    68    72    271    €240,672 T8    Julien Quesne (Fra)    70    68    64    70    272    €144,954 T8    Benjamin Hebert (Fra)    64    67    69    72    272    €144,954 T10    Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 70    67    68    68    273    €113,353 T10    Oliver Fisher (Eng)    65    68    70    70    273    €113,353 T10    Hideto Tanihara (Jap)    70    65    66    72    273    €113,353

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

Fergus is Golf Monthly's resident expert on the history of the game and has written extensively on that subject. He is a golf obsessive and 1-handicapper. Growing up in the North East of Scotland, golf runs through his veins and his passion for the sport was bolstered during his time at St Andrews university studying history. He went on to earn a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. Fergus has worked for Golf Monthly since 2004 and has written two books on the game; "Great Golf Debates" together with Jezz Ellwood of Golf Monthly and the history section of "The Ultimate Golf Book" together with Neil Tappin , also of Golf Monthly. 

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