Mutuactivos Open de España R4

Rahm reigns again in Spain

October 03-06
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Open de España R4 - Rahm reigns again in Spain
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Jon Rahm successfully defended a title for the first time in his career as he stormed to a five-stroke victory at the Mutuactivos Open de España.

“The crowd was unlike anything else. Spanish crowds love golf and they love us coming back. Any time you get an event with two of the best players from Spain together alongside Adri and Samuel, he’s having a good year too, I played with him in Valderrama, they’re enjoying it too. We had a lot of fun, every putt, every shot, they enjoy so much. It’s hard to believe how many people come out here. I play a lot of tournaments throughout the year that don’t get this much attendance, so it shows how much Spain wants golf, how much they want more events and how much they enjoy it. It’s great for the game of golf, it’s great for Spain and hopefully it can only get bigger.”

The 24-year-old secured his fifth European Tour title in just his 39th start, becoming the fastest Spaniard to reach five victories – surpassing the late, great Seve Ballesteros, who reached that milestone on his 49th appearance.

Rahm started the final round in the Spanish capital with a five-stroke lead and quickly extended his advantage to seven strokes after an eagle on the par five fourth hole and two further gains before the turn.

He signed for a tournament record-equalling 22 under par total after birdies on the tenth and 14th holes, finishing five strokes ahead of Rafa Cabrera Bello who recorded his best result in his national open after birdieing five of his last six holes for a five under par round of 66.

“I started getting comfortable around 13, after that the only tough tee shot for me was 14 because I have to hit a draw, and I’m not the best drawer of the ball with the driver and that was the only one I wanted to skip – but I almost made an eagle. After that I was trying to enjoy the walk – I’m not happy I three-putted 17, I wanted to go bogey free. At the end of the day, I did the important thing. I was able to successfully defend it and in front of a home crowd as well, it’s always hard for me to keep things under control – to play this weekend for them is always really fun. I can’t wait to come back next year and hopefully we’ll make it three times.”

Rahm moves to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex after his second victory of the 2019 season, adding to his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title.

Samuel Del Val rounded-out an all-Spanish top three as he signed for a three under par round of 68 for a 15 under par total. His compatriot Adri Arnaus continued his fine rookie year on the European Tour as he finished in a share of fourth place with Danes Joachim B Hansen and Jeff Winther.

“It’s been incredible. I felt like I played much better today than yesterday. The score was one shot better but yesterday I was hanging on for dear life. It was a bit like a chess game, finding the right angles and the right spots. I’m really happy with a three under.

“I was just trying to play my game. He had a five-shot lead, I know I wasn’t capable of getting him. I wasn’t focused on anyone else. At the end the race was for second place between Rafa and me, and he played great with five birdies on his last six holes. I’m really happy with the performance.”

Sergio Garcia was the fifth Spaniard inside the top five after his round of 66, sharing seventh with four others.


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Jon Rahm
ESP
-22
66
67
63
66
262
2
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-17
66
65
70
66
267
3
Samuel Del Val
ESP
-15
67
65
69
68
269
T4
Jeff Winther
SWE
-13
70
69
69
63
271
T4
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-13
69
69
67
66
271
T4
Adri Arnaus
ESP
-13
65
66
72
68
271
T7
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-12
69
69
69
65
272
T7
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-12
70
67
68
67
272
T7
Justin Harding
RSA
-12
69
72
64
67
272
T7
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-12
67
68
68
69
272
T7
Zander Lombard
RSA
-12
67
67
69
69
272
T12
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-11
66
75
67
65
273
T12
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-11
71
69
65
68
273
T12
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-11
67
70
65
71
273
T15
James Morrison
ENG
-10
70
70
69
65
274
T15
Alexander Levy
FRA
-10
70
69
67
68
274
T17
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-9
67
73
71
64
275
T17
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
-9
70
68
71
66
275
T17
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-9
72
69
68
66
275
T17
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-9
70
65
72
68
275
T17
Ross Fisher
ENG
-9
69
68
70
68
275
T17
Calum Hill
SCO
-9
69
72
65
69
275
T23
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-8
72
68
70
66
276
T23
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-8
70
70
69
67
276
T23
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-8
68
69
70
69
276
T23
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-8
69
67
71
69
276
T23
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-8
69
69
69
69
276
T23
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-8
66
71
69
70
276
T23
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-8
70
71
65
70
276
T30
Ashun Wu
CHI
-7
68
71
70
68
277
T30
Chris Hanson
ENG
-7
68
74
66
69
277
T30
Brett Rumford
AUS
-7
70
71
66
70
277
T33
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-6
68
73
70
67
278
T33
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-6
71
68
70
69
278
T33
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-6
70
69
70
69
278
T33
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-6
70
68
68
72
278
T37
Ben Evans
ENG
-5
71
68
73
67
279
T37
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-5
68
73
70
68
279
T37
Dean Burmester
RSA
-5
66
71
72
70
279
T37
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-5
73
66
70
70
279
T37
Lee Slattery
ENG
-5
69
73
67
70
279
T37
Per Laengfors
SWE
-5
68
68
72
71
279
T37
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
67
74
67
71
279
T37
Steven Brown
ENG
-5
68
68
70
73
279
T45
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
-4
70
70
71
69
280
T45
Andres Romero
ARG
-4
76
66
69
69
280
T45
Johannes Veerman
USA
-4
71
71
69
69
280
T45
David Horsey
ENG
-4
71
70
68
71
280
T49
Jake McLeod
AUS
-3
68
70
75
68
281
T49
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
72
70
65
74
281
T51
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
-2
70
69
73
70
282
T51
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-2
63
73
76
70
282
T51
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-2
70
69
73
70
282
T51
David Lipsky
USA
-2
68
73
70
71
282
T55
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
70
71
73
69
283
T55
Borja Virto
ESP
-1
70
69
73
71
283
T55
Julian Suri
USA
-1
72
70
70
71
283
T55
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-1
68
71
72
72
283
T55
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
74
68
67
74
283
T55
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-1
73
67
68
75
283
T61
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
73
69
71
71
284
T61
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
67
69
73
75
284
T63
David Drysdale
SCO
1
69
72
75
69
285
T63
Anton Karlsson
SWE
1
70
71
73
71
285
T63
Marcel Siem
GER
1
66
69
76
74
285
T63
John Catlin
USA
1
71
71
69
74
285
67
Matthew Nixon
ENG
2
67
75
70
74
286
68
Justin Walters
RSA
6
69
72
74
75
290
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
72
71
143
CUT
Daniel Berna
ESP
1
71
72
143
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
1
71
72
143
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
1
74
69
143
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
1
71
72
143
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
71
72
143
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
1
73
70
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
68
75
143
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
1
70
73
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
1
73
70
143
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
71
73
144
CUT
Antonio Hortal
ESP
2
71
73
144
CUT
David Cooke
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Javier Colomo
ESP
2
69
75
144
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
70
74
144
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
72
72
144
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
72
72
144
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
2
72
72
144
CUT
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
2
72
72
144
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
2
68
76
144
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
2
76
68
144
CUT
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
3
72
73
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
3
67
78
145
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
3
72
73
145
CUT
Jacobo Pastor
ESP
3
74
71
145
CUT
Mario Galiano
ESP
3
69
76
145
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
3
71
74
145
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
70
75
145
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
4
76
70
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jose Luis Gomez
ESP
4
70
76
146
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
4
71
75
146
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
4
74
72
146
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
4
70
76
146
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
73
74
147
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
5
74
73
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
76
71
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
75
72
147
CUT
Koen Kouwenaar
NED
5
73
74
147
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
5
70
77
147
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
6
76
72
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
6
73
75
148
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
73
75
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
75
73
148
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
6
73
75
148
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
6
76
72
148
CUT
Charlie Saxon
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
David Borda
ESP
7
73
76
149
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
7
73
76
149
CUT
Juan Salama
ESP
7
71
78
149
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
8
76
74
150
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
8
79
71
150
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
75
76
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Carlos Del Moral
ESP
10
77
75
152
CUT
Jamie Abbott
ENG
10
79
73
152
CUT
Victor Pastor
ESP
12
76
78
154
CUT
Alvaro Velasco
ESP
13
78
77
155
DSQ
Nico Geyger
CHI
Par
78
78
DSQ
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
71
71
RET
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
72
72