All sorts of good stuff can be found in Phillip Reid’s Irish Times game story on Jon Rahm’s impressive Dubai Duty Free Irish Open win at magical Lahinch where the crowds came and the course delivered. A huge congratulations to Paul McGinley, the European Tour, Lahinch and Dubai Duty Free for pulling it off.
By the time he reached the 18th green, he was ready for the coronation and the acclaim of those supporters among the final day crowd of 20,477 who took him to their hearts.
“Every time I come, I feel like part of history is being made, and it’s just a humbling experience to come and play in front of this crowd. The list of winners, Faldo, McIlroy, Olazabal, Seve, the champions at this event, and to put my name on there is really special,” said Rahm.
“I’m playing definitely the most consistent golf of my career. It’s my 11th Top-10 this year, I believe, on both the PGA Tour and European Tour. It’s not doing anything necessarily better or special, really, compared to my first two years before. But I think I’m just a little more level-headed, a little bit more mature, slowly growing up and all that helps. Yeah, just mature, maturing. Still 24, so there’s a lot of growing up to do up to this point and a lot of growing up to do from now on. That’s the main difference in my golf game in this year and years past.”
At 16-1 he’s at a nice price for The Open, very near his other Irish Open win at Portstewart.
A couple of other cool social items, starting with the magnificently captured approach to the blind 4th, aka the Klondyke:
And I’d say the festival vibe McGinley hoped for with the town happened…