Rahm victorious at Open de Espana

From ESPN - April 15, 2018

Jon Rahm spoke of his "hardest Sunday" after firing a closing 5-under-par 67 to win the Open de Espana in Madrid.

The world No. 4 became the sixth Spaniard to win the tournament since it achieved European Tour status in 1972, finishing at 20 under overall and two shots clear of Ireland's Paul Dunne.

And Rahm -- who follows the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia in winning his home event -- admitted that he found it difficult to handle the expectations placed on him.

"I am just happy to play the way I did and to get it done," Rahm told Sky Sports after his third European Tour victory. "It's probably the hardest Sunday I have ever had to play because the amount of crowds I was carrying.

"I saw the willingness and the feeling that everybody had to want me to win. They were pushing so hard and I felt that. As a golfer it's hard to deal with the public's emotions, so I tried to isolate myself, and that's perhaps why I did not play my best golf.

"I have been blessed to be national champion with the Spanish Golf Federation many times, European champion and world champion representing them.

"So being able to win this as a pro and do this for them and the Spanish people feels great."


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