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Jon Rahm overturns five-shot deficit to win Irish Open for second time

Jon Rahm overturns five-shot deficit to win Irish Open for second time in three years: ‘I knew I had to do something amazing today’

  • Jon Rahm finished two shots clear of Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger
  • Rahm posted a brilliant final round of 62 to win second title in three years 
  • He fired an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys to finish 16 under par on Sunday 

Spain’s Jon Rahm overturned a five-shot deficit with a brilliant final round of 62 to claim his second Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title in three years.

Rahm fired an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys at Lahinch to finish 16 under par, two shots clear of England’s Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger, the Austrian having the consolation of qualifying for the upcoming Open Championship.

Overnight leader Robert Rock also secured a place in the year’s final major with a tie for fourth with fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Jon Rahm claimed his second Irish Open title in three years after a great final round on Sunday

Rahm poses with the Irish Open trophy after finishing two shots clear of the chasing pack

Rahm fired an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys during a final round of 62 at Lahinch

1) Jon Rahm: 16 under par

T2) Bernd Wiesberger: 14 under

T2) Andy Sullivan: 14 under

T4) Rafa Cabrera-Bello: 13 under

T4) Robert Rock: 13 under

T4) Eddie Pepperell: 13 under 

T7) Paul Waring: 12 under

T7) Jorge Campillo: 12 under 

Paul Waring secured the final berth at Royal Portrush thanks to a birdie on the last in a closing 66.

Cabrera Bello had surged into a three-shot lead with three birdies in the first five holes, but started 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,’ said Rahm, who played the last 36 holes in 14 under after a 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.

Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger finished two shots behind Rahm on Sunday afternoon

Left to right: Robert Rock, Wiesberger and Paul Waring all secured a place at this year’s Open

‘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.

‘I think Seve (Ballesteros) is the only Spanish player to have won this event twice so it’s very special to add my name to the trophy again.’    

He added: ‘My game was in great form, it just didn’t show the first two days. I couldn’t hole the putts.

‘The weekend was the complete opposite, putts rolling in from everywhere. I felt really confident and I knew I could do something. I knew I had to do it to have a chance.

‘I kept looking at the leaderboard and looking up and after 10 I’m like, “okay, let’s get a good run”. And that eagle on 12 just got me going.’

Spectators watch on as Irish Open champion Rahm lines up a putt on the 18th green




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