It was only a matter of time before Jon Rahm procured his first European Tour title. That time is now.
Rahm blew away the field and the record books Sunday at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, firing a final-round 65 to in the tournament by six strokes and set a new tournament record. He bested the previous record by three strokes and also shot the lowest winning score of the Euro season, ousting Brandon Stone’s 22 under at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Richie Ramsay and Matthew Southgate tied for second with Ramsay earning a spot in The Open Championship with his performance as did David Drysdale and Ryan Fox, who finished tied for fourth with Justin Rose.
Rahm moved back into the world top 10 with the victory and is the fourth Spaniard to win the Irish Open, joining all-time legends Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Sergio Garcia.
“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.
“I’ve been saying, I haven’t played my best golf and today, for 15 holes, I played the best golf I can ever play on the golf course with the weather that we had. Obviously the bonus of holing out on four was great.”
His best came at No. 4 on Sunday when he holed out from 150 yards for an eagle. Another eagle, this one on No. 14, sealed the victory. Last week’s winner, Tommy Fleetwood, continued a fantastic season with another Top 10 performance.