The reckless Catlin triumphs in a Valderrama backed

The American, expelled from the English Open for leaving the 'bubble' to have dinner with his caddy, knocked Kaymer down on the last hole. The Spanish tournament will continue to grow.


The American John Catlin won this Sunday at the Estrella Damm Andalucía Masters, the only tournament on the European Circuit to be held this year in Spain and which has been held at the Real Club Valderrama since last Thursday.

Catlin presented on the last day a card of 75 strokes (286 between the four days), with 2 strokes on the par of the field that served him to rise as the winner of the appointment. The best classified Spaniards were Jorge Campillo from Cáceres, Adrián Otaegui from San Sebastián and Álvaro Quirós from Guadia, who finished in position 17 after completing the course of the Cadiz field with 9 strokes over par in the four days of the tournament.

The final holes were pure emotion. There was a triple draw at +2 between Catlin, who noticed the nerves of leaving the leader and closed the day at +4, Kaymer and Harding. The latter punctured and the American and German played it all on the last hole. A Kaymer bogey decided to go head to head in favor of a Catlin who made the news weeks ago for extra-sporting reasons, when he was expelled from the English Open for leaving the 'bubble' that the European Tour creates in each tournament to go to dinner with his caddy.

That the Valderrama Masters was held in a year so complicated by the pandemic and the economic situation that it has caused is a full-blown accolade to one of the two Spanish tournaments that appear on the men's European Tour calendar. The tournament has managed to maintain the sponsorships (the naming is from Estrella Damm) and the prize pool of 1,250,000 euros.

That generates confidence and the appointment can enter in 2021 in the highest category of tournaments on the circuit, the Rolex Series. In addition, an Iberian mini-tour could be created with the Open in Spain and in Portugal. For this, the first thing is to attract new investments that raise the amount allocated to golfers to at least seven million.

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