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Jon Rahm wins third Spanish Open title


Jon Rahm’s six-shot victory made him the first Spaniard to win the Spanish Open three times since Seve Ballesteros 27 years ago.

Going into the final round in Madrid, the former world number one was only ahead of Min Woo Lee of Australia by one stroke.

However, in a stellar final round of nine-under-par 62, the 27-year-old, who previously won the competition in 2018 and 2019, scored eight birdies and an eagle.

Matthieu Pavon, a Frenchman, was his closest rival.

Following a 68, Lee had to settle for third place on 18-under.

The 2021 US Open champion’s victory was poignant since he followed in Ballesteros’s footsteps, who won his national open in 1981, 1985, and 1995 but passed away in 2011.

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Rahm responded to Sky Sports when asked how impressive the win was: “Because it takes me a bit to comprehend these things, you may need to ask me again in a few days.

“Seve is a tremendous idol of mine, and to accomplish what it took him his whole career to complete in only a few years is incredibly humbling, I won’t lie.

“I know this may not be the most formidable opponent I have faced all season, but sometimes these games may be the most difficult to win. It isn’t easy to describe how it feels to come out and play on a Sunday when I’m at home, when I’m expected to win and when everyone is placing their bets.

“It was pretty much a flawless week. Thus this is my lowest score so far. My wife and children’s presence would be the only thing that could improve it, but I have enough relatives here who I don’t get to see too often to celebrate with.

“It has feelings. I knew what was going to happen as I ascend the 18th hole, but I still have no idea how it was accomplish in that manner.”


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