Nacho Elvira suffers to add his first title on the European circuit

Nacho Elvira is proclaimed champion of the Cazoo Open Tour after beating South African Justin Harding in the playoffs. Third place was taken by Mikko Korhonen.

The Spanish Nacho Elvira achieved this Sunday, with the utmost suffering, his first title on the European circuit by proclaiming himself the winner of the Cazoo Open, the tournament presented by the Welsh Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale that was played at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport ( Wales, United Kingdom), after beating South African Justin Harding in a playoff.

The Santander player suffered until the end to get his first big professional victory. After three practically flawless rounds, in which he made 64 (-7), 67 (-4) and 66 (-5), he signed the pair (71) on the fourth and last day and with a total of 268 strokes (- 16) was forced to play a playoff with Harding.

Elvira did not have her day. He started nervous. He did not connect a good game with the irons and his putt lost the precision that catapulted him to the leadership in the previous days. He was able to save with 3 birdies a first round that pointed to catastrophe after committing 3 bogeys.

In the second, he had a chance to claim the win, but missed a relatively short putt on the last hole that sparked Harding's hopes of claiming his third European Tour title.

The final outcome was complicated for Elvira when, on her way out, she sent the ball slightly off the fairway, while her rival hit the center of the fairway, allowing her to reach the green with a second shot, while the Spaniard did so. acted as third party.

However, this time nerves and imprecision played a trick on the South African, who needed three putts to complete the hole with a bogey. Elvira signed the pair that gave her her first major title.

With this victory, Elvira recovers from an irregular year in which she had ten missed cuts in 15 tournaments played.

The third place was occupied by the Finn Mikko Korhonen, twice winner in the maximum continental competition, who finished with -5 on this fourth day after completing his round with 6 birdies and a bogey on hole 17.

Alejandro Cañizares did +1 this Sunday and finished five under par on the field while Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño stayed at par with -2 in the last heat.

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