Open de Espana: Jon Rahm makes strong start in bid to join Seve Ballesteros as three-time winner

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Highlights from day one of the Open de Espana with home favorite Jon Rahm looking for a third title – Daniel Gavins hits a hole in one!

Highlights from day one of the Open de Espana with home favorite Jon Rahm looking for a third title – Daniel Gavins hits a hole in one!

Jon Rahm seized an early lead opportunity in Madrid and made a strong start to becoming the third winner of the Acconia Open de Espana for the first time since fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros.

Winners of the 2018 and 2019 competitions, Rahm mixed an eagle and six birdies with a solo bogey to hit 7-under 64 at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid and get in touch with early pacesetters Ashun Wu, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Darius van. kept it. Driel.

Starting behind 900, Rahm made a birdie on the opening hole, overtaking a 30-foot Eagle on the par 5 14th hole, and reached the 30th hole with a streak birdie on the 17th hole.

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Daniel Gavins gives the perfect answer for a quadruple view with a hole-in-one at the Open de Espana.

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Daniel Gavins gives the perfect answer for a quadruple view with a hole-in-one at the Open de Espana.

Daniel Gavins gives the perfect answer for a quadruple view with a hole-in-one at the Open de Espana.

Rahm bogeyed first at par 4 after pitching from the tree on the wrong tee shot, but then made a birdie in the 4th straight and chipped in on the 8th green to reach 7-under.

Rahm said in his first start since the BMW PGA Championship, “I’m happy to finish the last round with a really good round and continue playing well.”

“It’s important to start strong. The course only gets harder and harder, so it was nice to go out in the morning and take advantage of the easier conditions.

Lahm hit 64 in the opening game for Madrid.

Lahm hit 64 in the opening game for Madrid.

“[To win a third title] It would be unbelievable. This has made golf in the country. He changed golf around the world, but especially here.

“Every chance I get to get my name on the list with saves is amazing. I don’t want to think too much, but my dreams will come true.”

Wu set an early pace after birding the last three holes for a bogey-free 63, but moved with Aphibarnrat after reaching 8-under with five straight birdies from 13th.

Wu and Aphibarnrat, along with Dutch player Van Driel, the 33-year-old scored on four of the last six holes and putts from 28 feet on the 18th hole and made three birdies.

Joakim Lagergren held the lead briefly until the last hole bogey dropped him tied for fourth with Rahm and France’s Mathieu Pavon, while Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and David Drysdale are two six-unders after starting at 65.

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Eddie Pepperell and Paul Waring are the British who finished first at 4 under par 14.

Daniel Gavins hit a hole-in-one at par 39 on his way to par 71, defending champion Rafa Cabrera Bello started defending the title with a three-over 74, and last year’s runner-up Adri Arnaus struggled. 5 to over par 76.

Watch the Acconia Open de Espana live seven days a week at Sky Sports. Live coverage will continue from 1pm on Friday at Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Events.

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