Rahm celebrates his win with the trophy. Reuters/Paul Childs
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Jon Rahm eased to a six-shot victory in the Irish Open Sunday, shattering the course and tournament record, but his win was overshadowed by a ball-marking controversy that shone an uncomfortable spotlight on golf's complicated rule book. The 22-year-old Spaniard, who hit two eagles and five birdies in a final-round 65 to finish on 24 under par, was at his scintillating best when the incident at the sixth hole threatened to leave him with a two-shot penalty.As he reached the green, Rahm placed his marker to the side of his ball to allow his playing partner Daniel Im to putt from further back. Rahm went into the final round with a share of the lead alongside American Im, who finished joint fourth after a final-round 72 .
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