Record-breaking Rahm wins Irish Open by 6 shots

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

"The world's top golfers will be here in the county including Rory McIlroy, who is no stranger to Ballyliffin and who has been a huge supporter of the club for many years".

Good enough for a share of fourth alongside third round leader Daniel Im, England's Justin Rose and New Zealand's Ryan Fox.

Rahm responded to the rules controversy by rolling in a 25-foot eagle putt at the 14th and avoided any further major mishaps as he followed compatriots Seve Ballesteros, Jose-Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia in winning the championship.

But the day belonged to Rahm, who holed from 150 yards on the fourth for an eagle that spurred him on to a score that is the lowest total to par in the tournament's history by three shots.

"To actually play my best golf that I can remember and shoot 24 under on this golf course and win it by six, that is not something I would have believed I was capable of". "I need to get sharp and get ready for next week and ultimately for The Open in a couple week's time".

The double success increases the Scottish contingent in the 146th Open to seven, with Ramsay and Drysdale joining former victor Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie, as well as Russell Knox, Martin Laird and Connor Syme.

"I have exceeded my expectations massively".

Challenge Tour player Gavin Moynihan finished as the leading home player in a share of 20th place on 13 under after a closing 64. It's a golf course that I know.

"Star Wars helped put Inishowen firmly on the tourist map and the arrival of the Irish Open will have huge financial benefits for Donegal for years to come".

Alongside him was Marcus Armitage (Howley Hall) who, after starting with a 71 produced three consecutive rounds of 69.

The teenage amateur produced a level-par 72 yesterday to finish the week on five under par, two strokes clear of nearest challenger Ana Menendez, of Mexico.

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