Last week we did a piece on the Irish Open looking at some of the contenders for the title. We tipped the consistent Lorenzo-Vera as a somewhat outsider to take the trophy. He was in contention and would have finished much higher than tied ninth, if it was not for a formidable final round by Jon Rahm who carded a final round of eight-under par.
We also speculated that Padraig Harrington may have forgotten how to win and get over the line after taking an early lead– so we were right about something. Nevertheless, how did the action unfold?
Irish Open 2019 Drama
It was an Englishman that led the Irish Open after the third round, which may have meant a few more Guinesses were ordered in Irish clubhouses across the country on Saturday night to help them forget. However, it was more than deserved as the man of the moment Robert Rock shot an unbelievable 60 in his third and looked set to take the prize money.
Rahm Holds His Nerve
Although, Jon Rahm had other things on his mind despite being five shots behind Rock entering the final 18. He managed to sink five birdie putts in his opening ten holes and his only mistake of the day came as a bogey on unlucky 13. Yet, his day was far from unlucky as the Spaniard continued to birdie three of the following four holes. Robert Rock gradually slipped behind despite a re-energizing monster of an eagle putt that he sank on the 12th.
Overall, it was Jon Rahm’s day and not his first…
Why Jon Rahm Made History at the Irish Open
Rahm’s final round of eight-under par (62) was a record equalizer. He now joins esteemed company with Colin Montgomerie who also shot a final round 62 in the competition. The latter golfer achieving his at the 1997 tournament. Rahm is not unfamiliar with winning the Irish Open after conquering the same feat back in 2017. Spain’s tidy golfer has two to his name and will be chasing Steve Ballesteros’s three wins next year.
While we are on with the figures, Jon Rahm’s record-equalling round helped him to collect a nice one million euros – and then some.
European Tour Stops and Tips
The golfers may have packed up in Ireland, but they do not have far to travel for their next tournaments. The Renaissance Club will take the stage next and host the Scottish Open before players gather at Dunluce Golf Club for The Open Championship – completing a three-part trilogy for the golfing world.
Can History Repeat Itself
Before betting on The Open Championship outcome, you may want to know that the last person to win the week before The Open and then win The Open itself was Lee Trevino in 1971. So, it may be worthwhile checking the Scottish Open winner to find out who not to back for The Open Championship – if history is to repeat itself.