Rahm dominated the field, holing out from 150 yards for eagle on No. 4 and reeling off four straight birdies beginning at No. 7 to shoot 7-under 65. The 22-year-old’s 72-hole aggregate of 24-under 264 shattered the tournament record to par by three shots as he cruised to a six-stroke victory.
“To actually play my best golf that I can remember and shoot 24 under on this golf course and win it by six, that is not something I would have believed I was capable of,” Rahm said. “I learned a lot about myself and it’s a really, really special day.”
Location: Dundonald Links, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland
When: July 13-16
Winner: Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain
Having finished second six times since winning the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic, Cabrera Bello was due and his time to shine arrived at the Scottish Open.
He set a course record of 8-under 64 at Dundonald Links to finish at 13 under. It was good enough to force a playoff with Englishman Callum Shinkwin, who bogeyed the 72nd hole of the tournament.
Cabrera Bello clinched his third European Tour victory with a two-putt birdie at the first extra hole after knocking his second shot on to the green at the par-five 18th from 275 yards.
“Those are the moments we practice for,” Cabrera Bello said. “I enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you. I hit a great shot and the birdie was enough to win.”
Location: Golf Club Milano, Parco Reale di Monza, Italy
When: Oct. 12-15
Winner: Tyrrell Hatton of England
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