Wednesday 13 December 2017

Seve's Irish victories an inspiration to Rahm

Spain's Jon Rahm. Photo: Sportsfile
Spain's Jon Rahm. Photo: Sportsfile

Jon Rahm thrilled the galleries with some typically Spanish swashbuckling golf that was reminiscent of the great Seve Ballesteros.

Ballesteros won the Irish Open in 1983, 1985, and 1986 and became a firm favourite of the Irish golfing public.

Rahm has all the qualities required to emulate his hero, and he wants to join Seve on the Irish Open winners' list.

He was also mindful that Masters champion Sergio Garcia captured his first title as a professional at Druids Glen in 1999. "I know Seve has won it. I think I've seen the images of him making the 40-footer on the last hole a thousand times.

"Sergio actually won this tournament his first start as a pro. There's some history and hopefully I can contribute to that," said Rahm.

The Spanish star scored his first eagle as a pro in a European Tour event en route to his 65. A three on the par-five seventh brought a huge smile to his face.

Irish Independent

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