MADRID, Spain -- Home hero Jon Rahm delighted the huge crowds at Centro Nacional de Golf as he became the sixth Spanish player to win the Open de España.
The World No. 4, who has moved to fifth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, carded a closing 67 to get to 20 under and hold off the challenge of countryman Nacho Elvira and overnight leader Paul Dunne for his third European Tour title.
"It's such a satisfying feeling,” Rahm said. “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.
"I've been blessed to be national champion from 16 to all ages in Spain. To round my amateur and pro career together in this way and win the last one I had to win and join that prestigious list of Spanish winners, it's hard to explain how good it feels and how satisfying it is.”
Rahm’s three wins have come in just 19 events on the European Tour, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark, and he joins countrymen Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as Spanish winners of the event since it joined the European Tour in 1972.
The victory is Rahm's first as a professional in his homeland after claiming seven national individual amateur titles at various age levels. Rahm’s previous two Rolex Series triumphs came in Ireland and Dubai last season.
Irishman Dunne signed for a closing 71 to finish at 18 under, a shot clear of Elvira and two ahead of South Africa's George Coetzee.
Spaniard Jorge Campillo and Scot Marc Warren carded closing rounds of 69 to finish at 15 under alongside Australian Brett Rumford, who finished with a 71, and Swede Henric Sturehed who shot a 72.
Frenchman Julien Guerrier, South African Jacques Kruyswijk and Japan's Hideto Tanihara finished six shots off the lead.