It took a year longer than he thought but Jon Rahm finally became a three-time Spanish Open winner, matching the feat of the legendary Seve Ballesteros.
After Rahm finished last year’s home run, there was frustration and disappointment.
This time, Rahm delivered a strong fist pump after making a second straight birdie to close the final round with a 9-under 62 as she won by six shots at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Sunday.
He finished at 25-under for the week, bettering his own tournament record from 2019 by three strokes. France’s Mathieu Pavin is tied for second with a 6-under 65.
“My lowest round here, my lowest score here. It’s been a great week,” Rahm said.
Rahm’s six-foot birdie putt drew loud “Viva Save” shouts from the crowd on the 18th green.
“It was a goal going in,” Rahm, 27, said. “Sev is a huge hero of mine and to do the work it took to do his entire career in just a few short years is humbling, I’m not going to lie.
“I understand it might not be the strongest field I’ve played on all year, but sometimes these can be very difficult to beat,” Rahm said. “I have to win, everyone is betting on me to win, and to go out and play like I did on Sunday is hard to describe.”
Australia’s Min Woo Lee (68), who was in the last group and had been challenging Rahm all week, was unable to continue on Sunday and finished third.
Rahm played the best golf of the week, so the tournament was never there.
He made eight birdies, an eagle and a bogey. His lead was up to five after the 14th hole when Albatross came close to making it two on the par-5 hole — his ball hit the flag too hard and missed the hole.
It was Rahm’s second win of the year after winning the Mexico Open in May. It was his eighth European Tour win overall.
Ballesteros won the last of his 50 titles on the European Tour in 1995. Rahm’s other Spanish Open titles came in 2018 and 2019. He struggled last year — finishing tied for 17th — after peaking. A player following his US Open win.
Rahm said the pressure was off this time, but he felt the same way he had hoped for with the win.
“Going up to the 18th hole, I knew what was going to happen and to do that, I can’t explain it,” he said.
Edoardo Molinari finished fourth with a 4-under 67, which put him at 16 under for the tournament. Tommy Fleetwood, the only other top-30 player in the field besides Rahm, finished tied for 39th after finishing at 1-under 70.
Before the start of the tournament in the Spanish capital, local activists poured cement into some of the golf courses’ holes to protest against poor water use. Organizers said they will use water sustainably.
Organizers said play was not affected as cement holes were not used on the tournament course.