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Open de Espaņa 2018

DATES: April 12-15
SITE: Centro Nacional de Golf, Madrid
PRIZE MONEY: €1,500,000

Round 4 - Jon Rahm wins Open de España

April 15, 2018

Rising Spanish star Jon Rahm clinched his first victory on home soil Sunday after overhauling overnight leader Paul Dunne of Ireland to win by two strokes in Madrid.

The 23-year-old Rahm, coming off a fourth-place finish at the Masters last weekend, carded six birdies in a closing round of 67 to finish 20 under for the tournament at the Centro Nacional de Golf.

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The world number four earned his fifth career title, three of which have come on the European Tour, and joined the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez as winners of the Spanish event.

"It's such a satisfying feeling," he 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," Rahm told europeantour.com.

"It's been amazing. It's truly been the hardest Sunday I've ever had in any tournament that I've won because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much.

"You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified. They played a huge part, I came for them mainly so I'm just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people."

Dunne, who led Nacho Elvira by a stroke going into the final round, finished on 18 under par while Elvira dropped to third place on 17 under after finding the water for a double bogey on the penultimate hole.

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Jon Rahm
ESP
-20
67
68
66
67
268
2
Paul Dunne
IRL
-18
66
65
68
71
270
3
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-17
68
66
66
71
271

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Round 3 - Dunne holding on to lead, Elvira & Rahm chasing

April 14, 2018

Ireland's Paul Dunne saw his overnight three-shot lead cut to just one stroke at the Spanish Open on Saturday and will face a two-pronged home attack in Sunday's final round from Nacho Elvira and world number four Jon Rahm.

Dunne fired a third round 68 to stand at 17 under par for the tournament being played at the Centro Nacional de Golf.

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Elvira carded a 66 to stand at one shot behind while Rahm is joint-third with Sweden's Henric Sturehed, both of whom matched Elvira's six under for the day.

"It's probably the best my swing has felt, the best my body has felt like it's been moving, but I just didn't pull the shots off," Dunne, the British Masters winner last season, told europeantour.com.

"There was a lot of grinding there on the back nine but I'm happy to get in with four under. Probably wouldn't have taken it at the start of the day but given the shots that I hit, I'm pretty happy with it leading into tomorrow.

"Everything feels good, the game feels great, I just didn't pick shots. I hit a few shots without having a shot in mind so that's something to work on for tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have a good day. I'm confident about tomorrow."

Rahm, fresh from a fourth-place finish at the Masters last weekend, is seeking a first career title on home soil.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Paul Dunne
IRL
-17
66
65
68
199
2
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-16
68
66
66
200
T3
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-15
67
68
66
201
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-15
67
68
66
201
5
Brett Rumford
AUS
-14
68
66
68
202
6
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-13
75
63
65
203
T7
Aaron Rai
ENG
-12
67
71
66
204
T7
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-12
70
67
67
204
T7
Marc Warren
SCO
-12
66
69
69
204
T10
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-11
68
68
69
205
T10
Bradley Neil
SCO
-11
71
66
68
205
T10
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-11
69
70
66
205
T10
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-11
69
67
69
205

Round 2 - Paul Dunne fires 65 to take solo lead in Spain

April 13, 2018

Irishman Paul Dunne claimed a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Spanish Open with an enterprising second-round 65 on Friday, while home favourite Jon Rahm stayed well-placed for a weekend charge.

World number 76 Dunne, who is playing his first regular European Tour event since January after a successful stint in the United States, poured in nine birdies in his seven-under-par round to take the overall advantage on 13-under.

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"My game is in good shape, I'm feeling good. I see a lot of birdies around this course if the weather stays like this so hopefully I can make them," Dunne told europeantour.com.

"I think it's been training the right way for a while and I've got a nice run of events here in Europe over the next few weeks as well, so I'm looking forward to that and hopefully just keep doing what I am doing."

The 25-year-old made his name when he tied for the lead after three rounds of the 2015 British Open as an amateur, and claimed his first professional title at last year's British Masters.

After back-to-back top-10 finishes on the USPGA Tour, Dunne leads by three strokes from the trio on 10-under of Nacho Elvira, Brett Rumford and Callum Shinkwin.

World number four Rahm, who finished fourth at last week's Masters after a thrilling weekend surge, added a four-under 68 to his opening 67 and is four strokes off the lead.

The big-hitting Spaniard eagled the opening hole, but a double-bogey on the 12th stalled his charge.

But he was delighted to be playing in front of a large home crowd as he bids to follow the likes of compatriots Sergio Garcia, Seve Ballesteros and Miguel Angel Jimenez in winning the title.

"It's amazing. I think everybody wasn't expecting the amount of people that we have this week. I'm glad that I can help the tournament, I'm glad I can help Spain and Spanish golf in that sense," Rahm said.

"I don't remember the last time I played a tournament where the first hole is a par five and from the tee all the way to the green there was at least a line of people, and the first hole is not a short hole."

Defending champion Andrew Johnston signed for a second successive 68 and is only a shot further adrift in a tie for ninth.

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Paul Dunne
IRL
-13
66
65
131
T2
Brett Rumford
AUS
-10
68
66
134
T2
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-10
67
67
134
T2
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-10
68
66
134
T5
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-9
67
68
135
T5
Jon Rahm
ESP
-9
67
68
135
T5
Marc Warren
SCO
-9
66
69
135
T5
Robert Rock
ENG
-9
70
65
135
T9
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-8
68
68
136
T9
Jeff Winther
SWE
-8
69
67
136
T9
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-8
67
69
136
T9
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-8
69
67
136
T9
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-8
71
65
136
T9
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-8
68
68
136

Round 1 - Marc Warren & Paul Dunne take lead in Spain, Rahm T3

April 12, 2018

World Number Four Jon Rahm is just one shot off the pace after Paul Dunne and Marc Warren both produced big finishes to sit atop a congested leaderboard after day one of the Open de España.

"It feels great. To be honest, I would have taken anything under par given the fact that I played a lot better than I expected to play. My long game was amazing. The driver alone set up two birdies on 13 when I hit it over the green and on seven, where I got it right up to the green so things like that are a bonus. Hopefully I can keep hitting it tee-to-green the same way and make a few more putts the rest of the week.

Marc Warren & Paul Dunne take lead in Spain, Rahm T3, © Getty Images

“They did a fantastic job drying the course. On the first hole especially after yesterday I was expecting the ball to land and stop but it took a big bounce. It was amazing to be able to dry up the course the way they did, that’s why the scores are not as low as we expected. On the par fives even, if I had a seven iron I couldn’t have stopped it on the green, you are not going to be able to hit it really close, same on five. So all credit to maintenance, it was amazing to see how good a job they’ve done.

“That bogey on 17 was unexpected because I hit three great shots and still made a bogey. Great tee shot where I wanted to hit it just a bit too long, good chip a little too far to six feet, and the putt was good but it lipped. Everything balances out in golf at some point, and I got lucky I made that putt on the par five because was going pretty far past the hole. That was just a little bonus and got the second nine rolling when I played really good."

Warren birdied five of his last seven holes to sign for a 66 and get to six under and it looked like he would lead on his own as heavy rain moved in during the late afternoon at Centro Nacional de Golf.

“It was good. Finished with three birdies in a row so it kind of makes it look a little bit better obviously. Overall, it was really solid tee to green. I putted really well today— pace was really good. The putts that missed I didn’t leave myself much to do, and the good putts always looked like they had a chance of going in.

“It’s tricky, it was really cold this morning. It was kind of warming up the first couple holes and then the wind changed direction slightly, picked up a bit, and it got really cold, so the woolly hats and mitts were back out again. It warmed up about the back nine and it was a nice finish, so it didn’t seem too bad.

“You know when you’re out that early and its cold and windy its always going to be a tough start, so it’s important to be patient, so I’m really delighted with that start.”

The conditions proved no problem for Irishman Dunne, however, as he finished with an eagle to join the Scot on top and lead by one from a group of 11 players.

"I'm pretty pleased. I find the greens quite tricky to read out there especially on the front nine, so it was nice to get a couple of putts go in on the back nine and give myself a climb up the leaderboard.

"Our front nine was quite windy and that just makes it trickier to putt than anything else. This golf course with the rough the way it is - kind of patchy - you can get away with some bad shots but it's just hard to make the five, six-footers for par if you get out of position.

"Then on the back nine the wind died a little bit but the rain came in so it was a tale of two halves. I'd rather the little bit of rain and calm conditions because it makes the greens a little more puttable for me.

"The greens aren't that big, you've got to drive the ball reasonably well, but you can get away with some bad ones. It's a matter of trying to take advantage of the short irons when you get them because it's pretty easy to just one-hop over greens or be just a little bit short and get a little bit out of position.

“On the first nine holes I was playing pretty nicely but I wasn’t giving myself chances close enough. Then I hit a couple of shots a little bit closer on the back nine when I got wedges in my hand. And it was nice to finish with an eagle. I thought the drive was borderline carrying, so it was nice to take it over and then take advantage of it."

Rahm, who finished fourth at the Masters Tournament last week, and amateur Victor Pastor delighted the home crowds at five under alongside English trio Aaron Rai, Callum Shinkwin and Jonathan Thomson, Swedish pair Alexander Björk and Henric Sturehed, Frenchman Julien Guerrier, Australian Jason Norris, Austrian Matthias Schwab and South African Erik van Rooyen.

Defending champion Andrew Johnston was then in the group at four under, with 40 players within three shots of the lead.

Local favourites Nacho Elvira and Pedro Oriol, South African pair Trevor Fisher Jnr and Richard Sterne, German Sebastian Heisele, Dane Thorbjørn Olesen, Australian Brett Rumford and fellow Englishman Paul Waring were alongside Johnston two off the lead.

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
T1
Marc Warren
SCO
-6
66
T1
Paul Dunne
IRL
-6
66
T3
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
67
T3
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-5
67
T3
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
67
T3
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
67
T3
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-5
67
T3
Jason Norris
AUS
-5
67
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
67
T3
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-5
67
T3
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-5
67
T3
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
67
T3
Victor Pastor
ESP
-5
67

Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Jon Rahm
ESP
-20
67
68
66
67
268
2
Paul Dunne
IRL
-18
66
65
68
71
270
3
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-17
68
66
66
71
271
4
George Coetzee
RSA
-16
72
66
71
63
272
T5
Brett Rumford
AUS
-15
68
66
68
71
273
T5
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-15
67
68
66
72
273
T5
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-15
70
67
67
69
273
T5
Marc Warren
SCO
-15
66
69
69
69
273
T9
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-14
70
70
67
67
274
T9
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-14
69
70
66
69
274
T9
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-14
67
69
74
64
274
T12
Aaron Rai
ENG
-13
67
71
66
71
275
T12
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-13
69
70
70
66
275
T12
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-13
72
67
70
66
275
T12
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-13
68
68
69
70
275
T12
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-13
69
67
69
70
275
T12
Rak Cho
KOR
-13
73
64
73
65
275
T12
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-13
73
67
71
64
275
T12
Victor Pastor
ESP
-13
67
72
69
67
275
T12
Yusaku Miyazato
JAP
-13
69
68
72
66
275
T21
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-12
71
67
72
66
276
T21
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-12
75
63
65
73
276
T21
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-12
67
71
70
68
276
T21
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-12
71
65
73
67
276
T21
Renato Paratore
ITA
-12
70
70
68
68
276
T21
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-12
70
69
68
69
276
T21
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
75
65
69
67
276
T28
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-11
67
67
72
71
277
T28
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-11
69
71
71
66
277
T28
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-11
72
66
70
69
277
T28
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-11
67
71
69
70
277
T28
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-11
71
67
71
68
277
T28
Robert Rock
ENG
-11
70
65
71
71
277
T34
Ashun Wu
CHI
-10
70
70
67
71
278
T34
Jeff Winther
SWE
-10
69
67
71
71
278
T34
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-10
69
68
73
68
278
T34
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-10
69
70
70
69
278
T34
Richard Sterne
RSA
-10
68
70
72
68
278
T39
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-9
67
72
68
72
279
T39
Brandon Stone
RSA
-9
71
67
72
69
279
T39
David Howell
ENG
-9
72
66
72
69
279
T39
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-9
67
71
69
72
279
T39
Matteo Manassero
ITA
-9
69
71
70
69
279
T39
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-9
68
71
67
73
279
T39
Samuel Del Val
ESP
-9
74
65
68
72
279
T46
Gavin Green
MAS
-8
71
68
71
70
280
T46
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-8
70
67
71
72
280
T46
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-8
71
66
71
72
280
T46
Pep Angles
ESP
-8
72
66
69
73
280
T46
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-8
69
68
73
70
280
T46
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-8
68
68
72
72
280
T52
Anthony Wall
ENG
-7
70
70
69
72
281
T52
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-7
71
68
70
72
281
T52
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-7
70
69
71
71
281
T52
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-7
69
70
72
70
281
T52
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
-7
69
71
73
68
281
T52
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-7
70
70
71
70
281
T58
Bradley Neil
SCO
-6
71
66
68
77
282
T58
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
69
71
70
72
282
T58
Jason Norris
AUS
-6
67
71
70
74
282
T58
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-6
70
69
70
73
282
T58
Marcel Schneider
GER
-6
76
63
72
71
282
T63
Austin Connelly
CAN
-5
72
66
71
74
283
T63
Charlie Ford
ENG
-5
70
69
68
76
283
T63
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
68
72
76
67
283
T63
Tom Murray
ENG
-5
72
67
73
71
283
T67
David Lipsky
USA
-4
69
71
75
69
284
T67
Graeme Storm
ENG
-4
70
70
73
71
284
T67
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-4
73
67
74
70
284
T67
Trevor Fisher Jnr
RSA
-4
68
72
72
72
284
71
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
73
65
71
76
285
72
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
73
66
72
75
286
T73
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
70
69
75
73
287
T73
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
72
67
77
71
287
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-3
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-3
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Estanislao Goya
ARG
-3
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-3
74
67
-
-
141
CUT
Javier Colomo
ESP
-3
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-3
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Mark Foster
ENG
-3
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
-3
76
65
-
-
141
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-3
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-3
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-3
68
73
-
-
141
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Billy Mckenzie
ENG
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
-2
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
77
65
-
-
142
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
James Heath
ENG
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Julien Quesne
FRA
-2
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Nico Geyger
CHI
-2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
-1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
-1
75
68
-
-
143
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-1
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Javier Sainz
ESP
-1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
69
74
-
-
143
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
Par
71
73
-
-
144
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
Par
77
67
-
-
144
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
Par
75
69
-
-
144
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
76
68
-
-
144
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
72
72
-
-
144
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
75
69
-
-
144
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
1
75
70
-
-
145
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
69
76
-
-
145
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
1
76
69
-
-
145
CUT
Tom Lewis
ENG
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
76
70
-
-
146
CUT
Niclas Fasth
SWE
2
78
68
-
-
146
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
2
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Daisuke Kataoka
JPN
3
71
76
-
-
147
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
3
70
77
-
-
147
CUT
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
4
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
4
71
77
-
-
148
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
4
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
4
71
77
-
-
148
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
72
76
-
-
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
78
72
-
-
150
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
6
70
80
-
-
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
8
75
77
-
-
152
CUT
Jose Gonzalez
ESP
13
83
74
-
-
157

 

 




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