Paul Dunne has moved up to a career-high 68th in the world following his second-placed finish to John Rahm at the Open de Espana.

The 25-year-old may have lost out on Sunday but three top-ten finishes in a row -two on the PGA Tour in America and one in Europe - has him very much on an upward curve.

Dunne is now seventh on the European Ryder Cup points qualification list. The top four automatically make the team to take on the USA in Paris in September. 

He took the weekend's disappointment in his stride and said his game is in a very healthy place as he gears up for a busy period of action.

The Greystones man led all weekend in Madrid but was edged out on Sunday by Rahm, who posted a final round five-under-par 67 to finish two shots clear of second-placed Dunne.

"I felt like I hit the ball great," Dunne said. "My short game let me down a little bit. I hit a lot of chips that I thought were better than they were.

"I just kept misjudging bounces - some of them skidded, some of them bounced soft. I feel like when I played for one I got the other result. It's a little frustrating not to get anything going, not to get any putts to go in. It's just one of those days.

"My game is great. I hit the ball fantastic, I was hitting it long and straight. I feel good going into the next few weeks. Obviously I'm disappointed not to win, but it is what it is."

2017 Irish Open winner Rahm became the sixth Spaniard to win the tournament since it became a European Tour event in 1972.

It was also his first victory as a professional in his homeland.

"It's been amazing," he said. "It's truly been the hardest Sunday I've ever had in any tournament that I've won because the crowd wanted it so much and I wanted it so much.

"You can tell how excited everybody is, I felt that tension, I felt that stress, I felt everything magnified. They payed a huge part, I came for them mainly so I'm just glad I can win this one for the Spanish people."