Jon Rahm believes Open glory is a real possibility following Sunday’s emphatic win at the Irish Open.
The Spaniard fired a brilliant final round of seven-under 65 to claim his maiden European Tour win and his second as a professional, having triumphed at the Farmers Insurance Open in America back in January.
Having only turned professional last year, Rahm’s excellent start to life in the paid ranks has prompted plenty of excitement about his future and the way he played at Portstewart showed he has the game to win on unpredictable links layouts.
The 22-year-old will now head to the Scottish Open, which this year will be held at Dundonald, before travelling to Birkdale for the Open Championship.
Rahm’s performance in Ireland has given his confidence levels a significant boost when it comes to seaside golf and he admits he is feeling extremely good about his chances of breaking his major duck.
“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.
“It proves to me I can perform properly on a links golf course and that’s what I’ve got to take to The Open. I know now that I have what it takes.
“I know I can read the putts right, I know I can interpret the wind and I can hit the shots and I can manage myself around the golf course properly enough to have a chance to win The Open.”