Cabrera Bello ends wait for tour win

17 July, 2017, 15:21 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox

Fox carded a final round two under par 70 to finish on 8 under, five shots behind the victor, Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

From just off the green, he rolled a putt to 4 feet and left his par putt two inches short. This effort again matched his previous attempt, finishing centimetres short of keeping his hopes of a first Tour win alive.

Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello claimed his first victory since 2012 by beating England's Callum Shinkwin in a play-off for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Dodt's effort comes just a month after Adelaide-raised good mate Wade Ormsby contested his first major in qualifying for the US Open.

Australian Andrew Dodt, who was planning to travel with his wife to NY on Monday for a five-day holiday, secured the final British Open place and his maiden appearance in a major by carding a final-round 73 to end in a five-way share of fourth at eight under. Not only because of Shinkwin's collapse, but a piece of good fortune he got at the last in regulation play that was verging on the grotesque.

In sideways rain and strong winds on Scotland's west coast, clubs slipped from players' hands, hardy fans' umbrellas were blown inside out, and puddles formed on fairways on the battered Dundonald Links.

The Spaniard shot a final-round 64 to force a play-off after Shinkwin carded 68 to hold on to his share of the lead.

Further birdies on the 13th and 15th kept Shinkwin out in front, but Cabrera Bello kept up the pressure by picking up shots on the 12th, 14th and 17th before enjoying a slice of luck on the last as his approach hit the right-hand side of the burn which guards the green and bounced over to the other side. He claimed the title with a birdie at the first playoff hole.

However, Shinkwin refused to be downbeat afterwards and is more than happy with a cheque for £589,000 and a place at the Open Championship at Birkdale this week.

Shinkwin, who started the week as the world No405, will take little solace from earning his place in the Open Championship field. Sometimes I felt that I have made mistakes and I end up not winning.

"Attitude is everything, I think". He tied for ninth place alongside 2015 champion Rickie Fowler, who shot 70.

For the former, that may be problematic; his wife flew into the United Kingdom from Sydney on Saturday under the belief she was heading to NY for a family holiday at the start of next week.

"I have played all the course on the Open rota and Royal Birkdale has always been my favourite Open venue because of 2008 and I'm looking forward to competing there", he said.

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