Rahm wins Spanish Open after leaping ahead of Dunne, Elvira

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Basque Country native Rahm returned to Spain less than a week after finishing fourth in the Masters.

Rahm came from two shots back at the start of the day in signing for a five-under par 67 and also playing the final hole in five-under for the four days for his 20-under par tally in Madrid.

"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".

The three top finishers were tied for the lead on three occasions, but Rahm held his nerve to bag his third victory on the European Tour.

Highlights from the final round of the Open de Espana at the Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid. His closest challenger at that point, Elvira, was not so fortunate at the 17th when he found the hazard and his hopes of a maiden victory disappeared with a double-bogey 5.

He had been hunting a first title as an expert a year ago, to grow his two previous European Tour wins in Dublin and Dubai.

The round of the day went to George Coetzee, who shot a magnificent nine under 63 to rocket up the leaderboard.

"It's been fantastic", continued Rahm.

"This is the hardest Sunday I have ever had to play". You can tell how excited everybody is. I felt that. And it was hard to deal with.

"I'm a little disappointed, but Spain has a great champion in Jon and I'm sure he'll win many more of these".

Paul Dunne teeing off at the second during yesterday's final round. I wanted to win this tournament. It was a classic "there's no pressure on me, let's see what I can do" charge, and he finished on -16, one shot behind the other local favourite Nacho Elvira. Kodaira had earlier closed with a 66 to finish alongside Players champion Kim (71) on 12 under.

Poulter's 75 left him on nine under in a tie for seventh, as Kim was eventually beaten in a play-off by Japan's Satoshi Kodaira, with another Englishman in Matt Fitzpatrick in a tie for 14th on eight under. Martin Laird and Russell Knox ended up 32nd and 40th respectively.

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