Jon Rahm becomes sixth home player to win Open de Espana

Rahm lands fifth win as a professional with final-round 67.

Andy Roberts's picture
Sun, 15 Apr 2018

Jon Rahm landed a hat-trick of European Tour titles and a fifth win as a professional in the space of 15 months with victory on home soil at the Open de Espana.

Rahm, 23, carded a final-round 67 including a superb up-and-down for par from close to the water at the par-3 17th to pip Ireland's Paul Dunne by two strokes on 20-under par. 

The world number four, who only turned professional in 2016, now becomes the sixth Spanish player to win the Open de Espana, joining Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Rahm's three European Tour wins have all come in just 19 events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark.

Rahm uses a full bag of TaylorMade equipment, including the new M4 driver, M3 fairway, P750 irons and Spider Tour Red putter.

Jon Rahm What’s In The Bag?

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5-degrees; Aldila Tour Green 70TX)

3 wood: TaylorMade M3 (15-degrees; Aldila Tour Green 70TX)

2 iron: TaylorMade P790 (Project X 6.5)

Irons (4-PW): TaylorMade P750 (Project X 6.5)

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 and Hi-Toe 60; Project X 6.5)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

The victory marks Rahm's first as a professional in his homeland after claiming seven national amateur titles at various age levels and adds to his two Rolex Series triumphs in Ireland and Dubai last season.

Fellow Spaniard and TaylorMade staff player Nacho Elvira took solo third on 17-under, but held every chance on the closing holes until making double bogey after finding the water with his tee shot and missing a short putt for bogey. 

South Africa's George Coetzee stormed through the pack with a closing 9-under 63 to take fourth.

OPEN DE ESPANA FINAL LEADERBOARD

-20 J RAHM (SPA)
-18 P DUNNE (IRE)
-17 N ELVIRA (SPA)
-16 G COETZEE (SA)