Jon Rahm continues to enhance his reputation by winning the Irish Open with a record tournament score on Sunday
22-year-old Spanish golfer Jon Rahm astounded fans at the Irish Open after winning the Irish Open by six strokes and a record-breaking tournament score, shooting a 7 under 65.
Rahm holed out from 150 yards for eagle on No. 4, and managed four straight birdies from No. 7.
To put more distance to his chasers, he added a second eagle with a long putt on the par – 514th .
Rahm said of his victory: “To actually play my best gold that I can remember and shoot 24 under on this golf course and win it by six, that is not something I would have believed I was capable of. I learned a lot about myself and it’s a really, really special day.”
Rahm believes that his groundbreaking victory may lead to his first major golf title at the British Open taking place at Royal Birkdale in two weeks.
“It proves to me I can perform properly on a links golf course and that’s what I’ve got to take to The Open. I know now that I have what it takes,” Rahm said.
“I know I can read the putts right, I know I can interpret the wind and I can hit the shots and I can manage myself around the gold course properly enough to have a chance to win The Open.”
Rahm narrowly avoided two-shot penalty for incorrectly replaced ball
After a bevvy of emails and calls from viewers complaining that Rahm incorrectly replaced his ball on the 6th green, Andy McFee, chief referee of the European Tour, concluded Rahm made a “reasonable judgment”.
Rahm had moved his marker one putter length off to the side to get it out of line of playing partner Daniel Im.
”I know it’s a little suspicious sometimes but I knowingly did it.” Rahm said of the incident. “I moved my marker so it was not in the way of Daniel’s and put it back, and when I replaced my ball I thought it was in the same exact spot.”