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Glass act: Jon Rahm with Irish Open trophy at Lahinch
Glass act: Jon Rahm with Irish Open trophy at Lahinch

If there's one thing Irish Open champion Jon Rahm is excited about this month, it's the Open Championship. If there are two things, we can add in eating at the Harbour Bar as the second.

Rahm overturned a five-shot deficit with a brilliant 62 to claim his second Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title in three years on Sunday, but afterwards, his mind was firmly fixed on the trip to the north coast next week.

Last time Rahm was in Northern Ireland, he won his first Irish Open crown at Portstewart in 2017.

And he has revealed that it was the local food that helped make the week so special.

Rahm said: "I can't wait to go to Portrush and visit the Harbour Bistro like I did every single night I was there. I'm sure I'll see a lot of people again and hopefully enjoy the week and play the best Open I've played so far.

“I’m going to go to Portrush with a lot of good memories and good vibes. I’m going to have huge support from the crowd and hopefully I can keep my good golf going into Northern Ireland.

“I’m going into the Open Championship with a lot of confidence. It’s the only major I haven’t had a good performance at and I want to.”

At Lahinch on Sunday, the Spaniard fired an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys to finish 16 under par, two shots clear of England's Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger, with overnight leader Robert Rock, Eddie Pepperell and Rafa Cabrera Bello a stroke further back.

Wiesberger, Rock and Paul Waring will join Rahm in the field for the year's final major at Royal Portrush in 10 days' time after securing the three qualifying places on offer.

But Ardglass hopeful Conor Sharvin who started the final round well placed to claim a dream place at the The Open, faded and fiished joint 15th.

Cabrera Bello began the day a shot behind Rock but surged into a three-shot lead with three birdies in the first five holes, only to start the back nine with four bogeys in six holes as Rahm piled on the pressure.

After covering the front nine in 31, Rahm birdied the 10th and holed from 25 feet for an eagle on the 12th, before recovering from a bogey on the next with birdies on the 14th, 15th and 17th.

“I keep saying I love this tournament, I love the country, I love the people,” added Rahm, who played the last 27 holes in 14 under after a back nine of 30 in his 64 on Saturday.

“I feel like I’m at home every time I come here.

“I knew I had to do something amazing today to have a chance and that eagle on 12 got me going. The difficult part was after 13.

“It would have been really easy to get derailed and lose focus, but luckily I had a long walk from 13 to 14 and the crowd was just being tremendous.

“When I got to the tee, I was right back in it. I hit a good tee shot, a great second shot and when I got to the green, before I even see where the ball is at, I see I’m tied for the lead. That was a huge confidence boost.

“My target was 15 under and I never thought I’d get to 16 under without a birdie on the last, but I’m definitely thrilled with the back nine.”

He added: “I think Seve Ballesteros is the only Spanish player to have won this event more than once so it’s very special to add my name to the trophy again.”

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