Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Dunne holds onto lead in Spain

Dunne holds onto lead in Spain

The world number four began the day behind overnight leader Paul Dunne but a birdie-birdie start from the Spaniard saw him tied for the lead after two holes.

"It's such a satisfying feeling", he admitted after following in the footsteps of Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Ángel Jiménez.

"This is the hardest Sunday I have ever had to play".

Jon Rahm secured a maiden victory on home soil as a professional with a two-stroke win at the Open de Espana in Madrid. "When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta, it wouldn't be to just show up and walk around".

"It's hard to describe the pride I have right now to be Spanish national champion having been a Spanish amateur champion many times with the Spanish Golf Federation, and to be able to win as a pro and do this for them and for the Spanish people, it feels great and hard to describe", he said to Sky's Andrew Coltart.

Elvira pulled his tee shot in to the water on the par-three and missed a putt from inside two feet to rack up a double-bogey five, as Rahm posted a two-putt birdie at the last to set the clubhouse target at 20 under.

The 23-year-old, in his first appearance at the Open, becomes the sixth Spanish golfer to win the tournament since it became a European Tour event in 1972.

The round of the day went to George Coetzee, who shot a magnificent nine under 63 to rocket up the leaderboard. You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified. I felt that. And it was hard to deal with.

That left Elvira or Dunne needing an albatross on the 18th to force a tie but that was too tall an order with Dunne getting a birdie to pip the Spaniard to second place.

"I'm a little disappointed, but Spain has a great champion in Jon and I'm sure he'll win many more of these". Everyone seemed to want me to win. Martin Laird and Russell Knox ended up 32nd and 40th respectively.

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