Cabrera-Bello ends five-year wait for victory at Scottish Open
Irvine (United Kingdom) (AFP) –
Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello edged out Callum Shinkwin in a Scottish Open play-off on Sunday to claim his first European Tour win for over five years.
The world number 31 fired a stunning eight-under-par course record of 64 at Dundonald Links to put the pressure on Shinkwin, who just needed a par at the par-five 18th hole to win the tournament outright.
But the Englishman took four shots from the edge of the green to drop into a tie with Cabrera-Bello on 13 under par overall.
And the Ryder Cup player hit a fantastic shot into the final green when the two returned in the play-off to set up a tap-in birdie and secure the third Tour title of his career.
Shinkwin had to settle for second and a place in next week's British Open at Royal Birkdale, while Frenchman Matthieu Pavon also grabbed a spot with a final-round 66 that saw him finish three strokes adrift of the leading duo.
Australian Andrew Dodt holed a birdie putt on the final hole to take the third and final Open invitation on offer, which will be his first major championship.
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