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Rahm claims glorious home win at Open de España

Rahm claims glorious home win at Open de España

IRELAND'S PAUL DUNNE missed out at the Open de Espana as he was edged by Jon Rahm on his home soil.

Moments later, Rahm birdied the last to secure a third win from only 19 European Tour events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark.

Greystones native Dunne picked up a cheque for €166k for his efforts.

Dunne (71) entered the final round with a 1-shot lead over Nacho Elvira (71) but three bogeys ruined his chances of a second tour win.

His closest challenger at that point, Elvira, was not so fortunate at the 17th when he found the hazard and his hopes of a maiden victory disappeared with a double-bogey 5.

South African George Coetzee surged 31 places through the field to finish fourth with the best round of the day, a 63.

It was hardly the biggest stage he's succeeded on but Jon Rahm says winning in front of a home crowd in Madrid was the most hard Sunday he's ever endured.

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"It's been awesome. It's truly been the hardest Sunday I've ever had in any tournament that I've won because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much". So while I feel good for the next few weeks, I am disappointed not to win.

"I felt like I hit the ball great", Dunne said. "I'm blessed to be national champion of the Spanish federation many times - European champion, world champion representing them - so to be able to do this as a pro and for them, and for the Spanish people, feels great". There, he escaped with a par after nearly sending his tee shot into the water, the ball just holding up in the rough.

With the victory, Rahm joined an astonishing list.

While he birdied the 15th to get back to within two shots of Rahm and Elvira, there were to be no late mistakes from the eventual victor.

Ryder Cup stalwart Ian Poulter, who snatched a late place at the Masters Tournament following his play-off triumph at the Houston Open on the US PGA Tour earlier this month, was in contention for a second victory of the season at the RBC Heritage in SC as he approached the back nine just one shot off the lead.

Spaniard Jorge Campillo and Scot Marc Warren carded closing rounds of 69 to finish at 15 under alongside Australian Brett Rumford, who finished with a 71, and Swede Henric Sturehed who shot a 72.

Rahm is the sixth Spaniard to win the Spanish Open since it became part of the European Tour in 1972, joining some illustrious company including Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez.