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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm wins his first European Tour victory. 9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm wins his first European Tour victory. 9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye.

Spain's Jon Rahm with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Spain's Jon Rahm with the trophy after winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill and the trophy at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill and the trophy at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
 
 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
 
 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

 Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with his girlfriend Kelley Cahill.

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm winner of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with his girlfriend Kelley Cahill.

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Spain's Jon Rahm celebrates winning the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with girlfriend Kelley Cahill at Portstewart Golf Club. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 9, 2017. See PA story GOLF Irish. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Tournament winner Jon Rahm with an overall card of 24 under celebrates on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Jon Rahm on the 17th tee box

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 17th tee box Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 1st tee. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 1st tee. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green. Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Paul Dunne on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Open trophy 

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Open trophy Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Paul Dunne on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Paul Dunne on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Julien Quesne

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Julien Quesne Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

France's Julien Quesne leads the way at Galgorm (Matt Mackey/PressEye)

France's Julien Quesne leads the way at Galgorm (Matt Mackey/PressEye)

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Open trophy 

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Open trophy Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry plays into the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Scott Hend

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Scott Hend Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Hideto Tanihara

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hideto Tanihara Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Shane Lowry on the 18th green

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Shane Lowry on the 18th green Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Benjamin Hebert

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Benjamin Hebert Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Scott Hend

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Scott Hend Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Hideto Tanihara

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hideto Tanihara Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Benjamin Hebert

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Benjamin Hebert Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Hideto Tanihara

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hideto Tanihara Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Jon Rahm on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Daniel Im and Jon Rahm on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Irish Open and The Open trophy on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The Open trophy on the 1st tee

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The Open trophy on the 1st tee Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Jon Rahm Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 

Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im

Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 9th July 2017 Day four of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Co.Derry / Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free meet Daniel Im Picture by Matt Mackey / presseye.com

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. 
 
 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland.

Ballyliffin Golf Club to host the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
 
Pictured at the announcement of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018 Hosted by the Rory Foundation are John Tracey - Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of  Dubai Duty Free, Keith Pelley - Chief Executive of the European Tour, Barry Funston - Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation and John Ferran - General Manager Ballyliffin Golf Club.

9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye. Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Ballyliffin Golf Club to host the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Pictured at the announcement of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2018 Hosted by the Rory Foundation are John Tracey - Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, Colm McLoughlin - Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, Keith Pelley - Chief Executive of the European Tour, Barry Funston - Chief Executive of the Rory Foundation and John Ferran - General Manager Ballyliffin Golf Club.

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Final night of entertainment and Fireworks at the Irish Open in Portstewart organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation at Portstewart Golf Club, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm wins his first European Tour victory. 9 July 2017 - Picture by Darren Kidd /Press Eye.

Jon Rahm will be back at the Irish Open at Ballyliffin in 2018 - and very welcome he will be too.

The affection that the Irish golfing fans have for the imposing figure was evident as every shot during a convincing final round 65 was cheered vociferously.

And the feeling is mutual - as Rahm was keen to credit his victory to the 90,000 fans who came through the gates of Portstewart Golf Club over the course of the tournament.

"I haven't played the Spanish Open yet but it would be really hard for the Spanish fans to top the Irish fans this week," he said sincerely. "Even when I played with Rory, I had a massive amount of support. Even on the first tee, obviously Rory got most of the attention I got a bigger fanbase than I expected. It was really incredible. I've got to attribute a big part of my success to them.

 

"On my lows, they picked me up, on my good shots, they got more excited than I expected. It's been amazing. I really fed off that and I played the way I did, partly because of that."

And so, as he retorted with a bemused look when asked if he'd be at Ballyliffin; "Why wouldn't I?"

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Rahm follows in the footsteps of fellow Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Seve Ballesteros, who have both won the Irish Open, Ballesteros on three occasions.

And doing that was an honour, particularly for his first European Tour success.

"Seve is the reason why I'm standing here today," he said. "If it wasn't for that Ryder Cup in Spain, my father would never have played golf and I wouldn't have picked it up.

"Nobody in my family did until Seve put it on the map with that Ryder Cup in 97.

"He broke so many barriers, he was told he couldn't do so many things. At my age, he was the first European to win at Augusta. At the ages of 20 and 21 he won the Open Championship. He is such a role model for all of us - all we can do is try to emulate him. There will never be another Seve but we can try to pick and choose things - not his driving, but his short-game, his character, the way he brought people together, the way he transformed golf worldwide. These are things we try to copy in small measure."


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