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Rahm retains Spanish Open title, beats Ballesteros record

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo Spain's Jon Rahm competes during the second round of the Spanish Open golf tournament in Madrid, Spain. Jon Rahm shot an 8-under 63 on Saturday to match the course record and take a commanding five-shot lead entering the final round of the Spanish Open.
In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo Spain's Jon Rahm competes during the second round of the Spanish Open golf tournament in Madrid, Spain. Jon Rahm shot an 8-under 63 on Saturday to match the course record and take a commanding five-shot lead entering the final round of the Spanish Open. AP Photo

Jon Rahm won the Spanish Open for a second consecutive year on Sunday, beating Seve Ballesteros' record for the fastest Spaniard to reach five European Tour wins.

Golfing great Ballesteros needed 49 events to get 5 wins on the tour. The 24-year-old Rahm did so in 39 tournaments after shooting a 5-under 66 on the final round to finish 22 under and win by five strokes.

"In front of a home crowd, it's always really hard for me to keep everything under control and to play the weekend that I did for them," Rahm said.

"I can't wait to come back next year and hopefully do it three times. It was unlike anything else. Spanish crowds love golf, they love us coming back. It's hard to believe how many people come out here."

Rafa Cabrera Bello (66) was second, followed by another Spaniard, Samuel del Val (68), who was seven strokes back at the Club de Campo Villa.

Starting with a commanding five-shot lead, Rahm had an eagle and four birdies to go with one bogey on the final day.

Rahm shot an 8-under 63 on Saturday to match the course record.

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