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Jason Scrivener has finished as the leading Australian at the Open de Espana in Madrid, recording his best European Tour finish in eight months with a 7th place finish at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.
Scrivener finished ten shots from the winner, Jon Rahm, who successfully defended his 2018 title when winning by five shots over fellow countryman Rafa Cabrera Bello.
Scrivener will now move to 57th in the Race to Dubai Rankings but in order for him to make the field for the season ending DP Dubai World Championship in November he needs to be inside the top 50 so has further work to do over the next six weeks or so.
30-year old Scrivener, born in South Africa but raised in Perth in Western Australia, won €34,000 (A$55,000) although after beginning his round with consecutive birdie at the first and second holes there was a period where it might have been an even better week.
Dimi Papdatos was the next best of the Australians when he finished 23rd, Brett Rumford was 30th, Jake McLeod 49th and Deyen Lawson 55th.
Rahm will improve to perhaps as high as 4th in the world ranking subject to the final standings at the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas to be completed later in the day.
Rahm took a five-shot lead into the final day and although frustrated early in his round things began to move forward when he eagled the 4th hole to establish an unassailable lead.
It was Rahm’s second win of the 2019 season to go with his victory at the Irish Open and runner-up finishes at the BMW PGA Championship and Andalucia Masters and sweeps him to the top of the Race to Dubai rankings.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) October 6, 2019