European Tour

Rahm romps to Irish Open title

2017-07-09 19:12
Jon Rahm (Getty)

Portstewart - Jon Rahm fired a stunning seven-under-par final round of 65 to cruise to a six-shot victory in the Irish Open at Portstewart on Sunday.

The Spaniard avoided a two-stroke penalty early in his round on his way to joining the greats of Spanish golf, including the late Seve Ballesteros, in winning the tournament.

The 22-year-old Rahm was in a class of his own with two eagles and five birdies on the day as he finished on 24 under par overall.

His effort is a new tournament record and three strokes less than the previous mark that stood for 42 years.

Rahm was met by a rules official after an incident on the sixth green, but under new rules introduced after the controversy following the much-publicised Lexi Thompson penalty at the women's ANA Inspiration in April, was afforded a new benefit of the doubt.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay (65) and England's Matthew Southgate (66) shared second place on 18 under.

Leading final-round scores from the Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland, on Sunday, par 72 (GBR/IRL unless stated):

264 - Jon Rahm (ESP) 65-67-67-65

270 - Richie Ramsay 68-70-67-65, Matthew Southgate 65-68-71-66

271 - David Drysdale 66-69-73-63, Ryan Fox (NZL) 67-66-70-68, Justin Rose 67-70-66-68, Daniel Im (USA) 64-67-68-72

272 - Julien Quesne (FRA) 70-68-64-70, Benjamin Hebert (FRA) 64-67-69-72

273 - Tommy Fleetwood 70-67-68-68, Oliver Fisher 65-68-70-70, Hideto Tanihara (JPN) 70-65-66-72

274 - Bradley Dredge 68-69-67-70

275 - Gavin Moynihan 67-71-73-64, Wade Ormsby (AUS) 67-70-70-68, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 67-68-72-68, Peter Uihlein (USA) 69-67-69-70, Scott Jamieson 70-69-66-70, Peter Hanson (SWE) 68-71-66-70

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