Jon Rahm secures convincing six-stroke Irish Open victory
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 12/07/17 3:12pm
Jon Rahm secured a maiden European Tour title in impressive fashion with a convincing six-stroke victory at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Rahm, making his second start in Europe since joining the European Tour, fired a seven-under 65 in heavy rain at Portstewart to ease to his second worldwide title of 2017.
Richie Ramsay qualified for this month's Open Championship after joining Matthew Southgate in a share of second, with David Drysdale and Ryan Fox taking the other places available.
Drysdale ended in a share of fourth after birdieing his final six holes on his way to a course-record 63, with Fox also qualifying when Daniel Im bogeyed the final hole.
Beginning the day tied for the lead alongside Im, Rahm holed out from 150 yards to eagle the par-five fourth and move two ahead.
The Spaniard received no penalty after a contentious ball marking when left a close-range putt at the sixth, before birdieing the next three holes to open up a five-shot cushion at the turn.
Rahm's run of gains continued with a 15-footer at the 10th, as playing partner Im responded with back-to-back birdies from the 12th.
A 30-foot eagle at the 14th extended Rahm's lead to seven, before the Spaniard posted his first bogey of the day by sliding a putt wide from 12 feet at the 16th.
The world No 11 then bounced back from an errant tee shot at the 17th to pitch to 10 feet and add another birdie, before missing a close-range putt to save par at the last.
Ramsay ended joint runner-up despite a final-hole bogey, while Southgate birdied three of his final six holes to also end the week on 18 under.
Im's final-hole bogey saw him slip him in to a four-way four for fourth and miss out on Open qualification due to his lower world ranking than Fox, who joined Drysdale and Justin Rose eight strokes back.
French pair Julien Quesne and Benjamin Hebert grabbed a share of eighth spot, with last week's winner Tommy Fleetwood posting a four-under 68 to end inside the top 10.