European Tour: Jon Rahm overcomes weight of expectation to lift Spanish Open

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He signed off, however, with an impressive five under 67 to win by two shots, finishing with a 20-under-par total of 268, as Dunne and Elvira both carded final day 71s.

Rahm joins the likes of Spanish greats Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Angel Jimenez as victor of the Spanish Open.

"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".

Bidding to become the first wire-to-wire victor since Neil Coles in 1973, the Greystones star (25) had to make a 10-footer for birdie at 18th just to finish two shots behind the conquering home hero.

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"When I chose your decision in the future direct from Augusta rsquo & it wouldn;t be to show up and wander around, " I wished to get that particular tournament", Rahm told reporters. Triumph the previous one join and also I'd to win that collection of winners that are Spanish and to around my newbie and pro livelihood within such a way, it'so tricky to explain how good it feels and it is.

Rahm edged back ahead with a close-range gain at the seventh, as Elvira missed the sixth green and dropped a shot, before the world No 4 cancelled out a three-putt at the ninth with a birdie at the par-five next. As a golfer it's hard to deal with the public's emotions, so I tried to isolate myself and that's perhaps why I didn't play my best golf.

Paul Dunne birdied 18 to pip Elvira to second place after the Spaniard double-bogeyed the 17th. "I came for them mainly, so I'm just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people". I've been blessed to be national champion with the Spanish Golf Federation many times, European champion and world champion representing them. But Elvira found the water on 17 while Rahm was in the midst of making a routine birdie on 18, and that was all the difference. "Spain has a great champion in Jon and I'm sure he'll win many more", said the Irishman.

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