Rahm solidly defends Spanish Open title

Spanish golfer Jon Rahm has carded a closing 66 to finish 22-under and five shots ahead of the pack to defend his Open de Espana crown.

07-Oct-2019 By Phil Casey, Australian Associated Press
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World No.5 Jon Rahm has successfully defended his Open de Espana title with a commanding victory at Club de Campo in Madrid.

Rahm carded a closing 66 to finish 22-under par, five shots ahead of compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello, with Samuel Del Val making it a Spanish podium on 15 under on Sunday.

The win takes Rahm above Open champion Shane Lowry on the European Tour's Race to Dubai with seven tournaments remaining in the season.

Rahm began the final round with a five-shot lead following a superb 63 on Saturday and was never in danger of being caught after a brilliant approach to the par-five fourth set up an eagle from four feet.

The 24-year-old also birdied the seventh, ninth, 10th and 14th and was only denied an even bigger winning margin when Cabrera Bello birdied five of the last six holes, while he dropped a shot on the 17th.

"I'm not happy I three-putted 17, I wanted to go bogey-free, but at the end of the day I did the important thing, I was able to successfully defend it in front of the home crowd," Rahm told Sky Sports.

"It might not be the strongest field yet but it's always really hard for me to keep everything under control and to play the weekend that I did for them is always really fun.

"I can't wait for next year to come back and hopefully do it three times."

Australian Jason Scrivener finished 10 shots off the lead in equal seventh after mixing two bogeys with four birdies for a two-under 69 in his final round.

Compatriot Dimi Papadatos ended four shots back after a shooting a one-under 70, while Brett Rumford finished a shot further behind after he also carded 70 in his last round.


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