Jon Rahm earns two-shot win at Open de Espana

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Jon Rahm is making a nice habit of pulling off remarkable feats.

Rahm began the day two shots behind Dunne after rounds of 67-68-66, but got off to a fast start on Sunday with back-to-back birdies on his opening two holes.

He becomes the sixth Spaniard to win the Spanish Open since it became part of the European Tour in 1972, joining some illustrious company including Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

"When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta it wouldn't be to just show up and walk around, I wanted to win this tournament", Rahm said.

The win is Rahm's fifth as a professional, however, things could have been very different if fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira, who was tied for the lead with Rahm with two holes remaining, didn't double-bogey his penultimate hole.

"I've been blessed to be national champion from 16 to all ages in Spain".

"It's hard to describe the pride I have right now to be Spanish national champion having been a Spanish amateur champion many times with the Spanish Golf Federation, and to be able to win as a pro and do this for them and for the Spanish people, it feels great and hard to describe", he said to Sky's Andrew Coltart.

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Rahm played a handsome chip at the first to set up a birdie and when he hit a huge drive on the second to set up another gain, he was in a share of the lead with Dunne.

Elvira handed the title to Rahm when he hit his tee shot into the water at the 17th and made a double bogey just moments after the champion's tee shot hung up on the bank, allowing him to save what turned out to be a crucial par.

The 23-year-old held off closest challenger Paul Dunne with his final-round 67 to earn a third victory in his last 10 worldwide starts. Dunne also birdied the last to beat Elvira by one, with South Africa's Gerry Coetzee finishing fourth a further shot back after his 63 equalled the lowest round of the week.

"It's been wonderful", added Rahm.

"This is the hardest Sunday I have ever had to play". You can tell how excited everybody is. They were pushing me so hard and I felt that. I tried to isolate myself, but I could feel it. It gave him a two-shot victory over Ireland's Paul Dunne. "I saw the willingness and the feeling everybody had".

Elsewhere, Japan's Satoshi Kodaira beat Si Woo Kim of Korea at the third extra hole to win the PGA Tour's Heritage Classic at Hilton Head in SC.

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