Jon Rahm’s final-round 67 ensured he took the Spanish Open title but Irishman Paul Dunne’s second-place finish keeps him on track for a spot at this year’s Ryder Cup (Europe 6/5 Outright).
Dunne, who will be among the leading contenders for the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II event this week, held a one-shot lead going into the final day’s play at the Centro Nacional de Golf.
But he couldn’t follow up his sparkling 68 on Saturday and a one-under par round of 71 allowed the local favourite to clinch the title.
Although the Greystones golfer missed out on a chance to move to the brink of the world’s top-50, he sits seventh in the European Ryder Cup standings, ahead of Rory McIlroy, with the top four certain to be part of Thomas Bjorn’s 12-man team for Paris.
“I felt like I hit the ball great,” he said. “My short game let me down a little bit. I hit a lot of chips that I thought were better than they were.
“I just kept misjudging bounces – some of them skidded, some of them bounced soft. I feel like when I played for one I got the other result. It’s a little frustrating not to get anything going, not to get any putts to go in. It’s just one of those days.
“My game is great. I hit the ball fantastic, I was hitting it long and straight. I feel good going into the next few weeks. Obviously I’m disappointed not to win, but it is what it is.”
Dunne (80/1 Outright – The Open Championship 2018) is currently at an all-time high world ranking of 68th in the world and will be hoping to maintain his form until The Open, which will take place at Carnoustie in July.
Odds subject to change