Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

Result: Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

"To round my amateur and pro career together in this way and win the last one I had to win and join that prestigious list of Spanish winners, it's hard to explain how good it feels and how satisfying it is".

"I felt like I hit the ball great but my short game let me down a little bit", said Dunne, who will tee it up in the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco this week looking to go one better than last year's play-off defeat.

"It's a little frustrating not to get anything going and not get any putts any putts to go in".

"My game is great". My putter hasn't been the hottest all week but the strokes I've gained off the tee and the driver the way I've hit it has compensated.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 14: Paul Dunne of Ireland on the 18th green during the third round of the Open de Espana at Centro Nacional de Golf on April 14, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. I feel good going into the next few weeks.

There was a lot of pressure on Rahm because he was playing in front of home fans.

"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", he said after signing for a final round 67. "Obviously, I'm disappointed not to win, but it is what it is". "So to win here is great".

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THE ACUTE DISAPPOINTMENT of a second-placed finish aside, Paul Dunne was able to take heart from another hugely encouraging and progressive week at the Open de Espana, the Wicklow native further underlining his capacity to mount consistent and credible title challenges.

The win is Rahm's fifth as a professional, however, things could have been very different if fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira, who was tied for the lead with Rahm with two holes remaining, didn't double-bogey his penultimate hole. "When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta, it wouldn't be to just show up and walk around; I wanted to win this tournament".

Rahm (23) showed he was a special talent when winning two Rolex Series events previous year - the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Dunne's deliberate pace of play left his group nearly two holes behind the group in front by the back nine and that extra attention from officials could not have helped.

Rahm would only birdie the 13th and 18th.

Dunne made a birdie after a nice chip on the par five to get back to 17 under but Rahm moved away from him again, leaving himself a flick in and holing from four feet for a birdie on the seventh.