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Rahm retains Spanish prize

 

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm

By Phil Casey

World No.5 Jon Rahm became the first player to successfully defend the Spanish Open title for 66 years with a commanding victory at Club de Campo in Madrid.

Rahm (below) carded a closing 66 to finish 22 under par, five shots ahead of compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello, with Samuel Del Val making it a Spanish 1-2-3 on 15 under.

The win gave Rahm a fifth European Tour title in just his 39th start, surpassing the record for a Spanish player set by Seve Ballesteros, who reached the milestone on his 49th appearance.

It also took Rahm above Open champion Shane Lowry on the Race to Dubai with seven tournaments remaining.

"To beat Seve in something is unbelievable, one of the main figures in European golf and world golf in general," Rahm said.

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