Rahm clinches maiden European Tour title at Irish Open

Rachel Hardy
July 10, 2017

There was frustration on day two for fellow Sheffielder Matt Fitzpatrick who failed to build on his excellent opening round which left him two shots off the lead.

"It was going OK through the seventh hole but things started to wobble from my second shot on the eighth", said Matsuyama, who made his first bogey of the day at the par-4 eighth.

EUROPEAN TOUR DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPENSite: Londonderry, Northern Ireland Course: Portstewart Golf Club (Strand Course). He joined Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia on the list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open. We can't take it for granted and it should be a bid deal up in Ballyliffen, you know, for the golf course so hopefully it will be what we want in an Irish Open and have that festival, that event feeling to it and not just a golf tournament.

"It really is special for me to be able to share it with three of my heroes".

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Away from the leader, there was a lengthy tie in fourth, with a clutch of players on 17-under approaching the final hole.

Oner shot better at -18 and tied for second were Scotland's Richie Ramsay and England's Matthew Southgate, both thrilled with their week in Portstewart.

The win is his first on the European Tour and 2nd worldwide, having claimed the PGA TOUR's Farmer's Insurance Open in January. After the former had holed his putt, Rahm moved the mark back but placed his ball ahead of it instead of to the side. "But if you had told me I was going to shoot 24 under in this weather, and win by six, I would have probably said, 'You're insane". The final open spot on offer went to Ryan Fox of New Zealand.

He will then cross the Irish Sea on Monday in readiness for next week s Scottish Open and follow up with the British Open a week later at Royal Birkdale.

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