Sport Jon Rahm dominates in 6-shot win at Irish Open

20:05  09 july  2017
20:05  09 july  2017 Source:   Golfweek

Im and Hebert lead as McIlroy suffers at Irish Open

  Im and Hebert lead as McIlroy suffers at Irish Open American Daniel Im and France's Benjamin Hebert shared the first-round Irish Open lead after superb eight-under-par rounds of 64 at Portstewart, where local favorite Rory McIlroy toiled on Thursday. Im picked up eight birdies from his first 14 holes and was unlucky to just miss out on birdies at 15th and 16th holes to extend his lead further. RELATED: LeaderboardThe 32-year-old, who sat 109th in the Race to Dubai before the tournament, brilliantly holed a tricky par putt at the 18th to ensure he held the lead outright until the final groups finished their rounds.

Jon Rahm holes approach shot for Irish Open eagle. Jon Rahm overcame a rules scare to clinch his first European Tour triumph as a closing 65 earned him a six - shot win in the Irish Open at Portstewart.

PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Jon Rahm enhanced his burgeoning reputation by winning the Irish Open by six strokes and a record tournament score on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65 in a final round marked by two eagles and a rules controversy.

LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 09: Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates an eagle on the 14th hole with his caddie during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 9, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.© Getty Images LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 09: Jon Rahm of Spain celebrates an eagle on the 14th hole with his caddie during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club on July 9, 2017 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Jon Rahm barely broke a sweat Sunday at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, firing a closing 7-under 65 to rocket to a six-shot victory at Portstewart Golf Club.

The 22-year-old completed a stunning week at the Irish Open, racing to a 24-under total over four days to beat out Richie Ramsey and Matthew Southgate by a half-dozen. This is the Spaniard's first European Tour victory, and very likely not his last.

Im and Hebert lead as McIlroy suffers at Irish Open

  Im and Hebert lead as McIlroy suffers at Irish Open American Daniel Im and France's Benjamin Hebert shared the first-round Irish Open lead after superb eight-under-par rounds of 64 at Portstewart, where local favorite Rory McIlroy toiled on Thursday. Im picked up eight birdies from his first 14 holes and was unlucky to just miss out on birdies at 15th and 16th holes to extend his lead further.

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Spain’s Jon Rahm in action during the first round of Irish Open (Source: Reuters). Rising Spanish star Jon Rahm upstaged tournament host Rory McIlroy at the Irish Open by shooting a 7-under 65 to move one stroke off the first-round lead on Thursday.

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The day started with Rahm tied for the lead with Daniel Im thanks to rounds of 65, 67 and 67. After three straight pars, Rahm started his rampage toward the title.

After driving wildly at the par-5 fourth, he laid up and left himself some 150 yards for his third.

What'd he do with that approach? He holed it for an electrifying eagle.

And this was only the start.

Rahm would then birdie Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 to move to 23 under and a five-shot lead.

Another eagle at the 14th, again after a wayward drive, put him to 25 under and seven clear.

Rahm would bogey 16, birdie 17 and bogey the 18th after missing a short putt, but that little mattered. It was an astounding victory.

This is Rahm's second professional victory, after winning the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open in January thanks to an electrifying closing eagle.

We already knew Rahm had boundless talent, but it's worth getting a reminder in the form of this performance. There will be some focus on the two-shot penalty Rahm avoided at the par-3 sixth (full explanation here), but the specter of his future should be regarding this performance.

After consecutive missed cuts, Rahm finished T-10 at the HNA French Open and now has this win. It looks like Rahm is back on track and just getting started.

Jon Rahm now has the second-best British Open betting odds .
With a dominant performance at the Irish Open, Jon Rahm now has the second-best British Open betting odds. Rahm is listed at 12/1, the same odds given to Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy by Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. Rahm finished T-59 in his tournament debut at Royal Troon last year. Dustin Johnson remains the tournament favorite at 10-to-1 odds.

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