Record-breaking Rahm wins Irish Open by 6 shots

Beth Cruz
July 10, 2017

Jan Rahm shot a second straight 5-under 67 at the Irish Open and moved into a share of the lead with Daniel Im in the third round on Saturday. "To keep up with the leaders I have to play explosive golf on the last day", he said.

With the win Rahm will move back inside the top-10 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

"Ahead of the Open Championship at Birkdale (starting on July 20), I've certainly tested myself, my scrambling capabilities", Rose said, "but come through so far strongly this week".

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.

Lowry was unaffected by the comments from the crowd as he hit a stunning recovery shot to the fringes of the fairway and struck his third within three feet of the hole.

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Rahm, making his second start in Europe since joining the European Tour, fired an eight-under 64 in heavy rain at Portstewart to ease to his second worldwide of 2017. Hopefully I won't need two eagles in the last five holes again to win tomorrow.

Im, ranked 542nd in the world, is in even more unusual territory. Also playing are Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Thomas Pieters.

Ultimately, it was all about Rahm, who produced spectacular scoring golf on the final day to continue the 22-year-old's rise as one of the sport's burgeoning talents.

Sadly, for him, his record lasted only an hour as Scotland's David Drysdale reached -17 with an inspired 63 - rounded off with seven consecutive birdies.

The errant ball-placement-a matter of millimeters-was discussed between Rahm, Im, and European Tour chief referee Andy McPhee, and ultimately Rahm was not penalized.

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