Jon Rahm reigns in Spain after the 'hardest Sunday of life'

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

It was Rahm's first professional win at home.

"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 hard to describe the pride I have right now to be Spanish national champion having been a Spanish amateur champion many times with the Spanish Golf Federation, and to be able to win as a pro and do this for them and for the Spanish people, it feels great and hard to describe", he said to Sky's Andrew Coltart.

Moments before Dunne, also in the final group, joined him on 18-under par in also birding the 10th.

"Everything feels good, the game feels great, I just didn't pick shots". "I hit a lot of chips that I thought were a lot better than they were and I just kept misjudging bounces".

The tournament was eventually decided on the short 17th as Rahm escaped with a par after nearly sending his tee shot into the water, the ball just holding up in the rough.

"This is hard to describe", said an emotional Rahm at the finish.

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Two ahead playing the par-five 18th, Rahm reduced it to a drive, a mid-iron and two putts on greens that were far from ideal.

"They were pushing so hard and I felt that and as a golfer it is hard to deal with your emotions sometimes, and while I tried to isolate myself I could feel the emotion and used the crowd emotion".

"I saw the willingness and the feeling that everybody had to want me to win".

Further down the leaderboard, South Africa's George Coetzee would finish solo fourth on 16 under, four off the pace, while a host of players, including Marc Warren local Jorge Campillo, were locked for T5 on 15 under.

Playing in the penultimate group, just in front of Dunne and Elvira, Rahm birdied the first two holes to move into the lead and was a constant presence there until the end. 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.

Elvira carded a 66 to stand at one shot behind while Rahm is joint-third with Sweden's Henric Sturehed, both of whom matched Elvira's six under for the day.

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