Rahm clinches maiden European Tour title at Irish Open

Lowry was unaffected by the comments from the crowd as he hit a stunning recovery shot to the fringes of the fairway and struck his third within three feet of the hole.

The reigning champion left himself with an uphill challenge on day two, having ended day one eight shots behind joint leaders Benjamin Hebert and Daniel Im.

He joined Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia on the list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open.

"I've never led going into the final round so I am a little inexperienced in that sense", said Rahm, who was persuaded to play the event by tournament host Rory McIlroy. We can't take it for granted and it should be a bid deal up in Ballyliffen, you know, for the golf course so hopefully it will be what we want in an Irish Open and have that festival, that event feeling to it and not just a golf tournament.

"It really is special for me to be able to share it with three of my heroes". When four clear on the 13th hole, there was a query about how the Spaniard had marked his ball on the 6th green.

Rahm shot a second straight 5-under 67 in the third round.


Four strokes back is Love, who at 53 years and two months is seeking to supplant Sam Snead (52 years, 10 months) as the oldest player to win on the Tour. Both finished well at Portstewart, with rounds of 65 and 63 respectively.

The double success increases the Scottish contingent in the 146th Open to seven, with Ramsay and Drysdale joining former victor Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie, as well as Russell Knox, Martin Laird and Connor Syme.

New Zealander Ryan Fox remains in contention at the European Tour's Irish Open after another solid round.

3 - Justin Rose showed good form in Northern Ireland.

"Star Wars helped put Inishowen firmly on the tourist map and the arrival of the Irish Open will have huge financial benefits for Donegal for years to come".


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