Spaniard Adri Arnaus beat his DP World Tour duck in dreamy fashion when he beat South African Oliver Bekker on the extra sixth hole to win the Catalan championship on home soil.
even shot in the lead as he headed into the final round, the Catalan star (27) set the target at 11 under with a final 65, turning in 34 before roaring home in 31 with the help of an eagle in the 12th.
Bekker still had a one-shot lead, but the South African scored the 16th and signed for a 72 at the PGA Catalunya’s Stadium Course.
They parried the tough 18th par four five times in the playoff before Arnaus hit a six-foot seven-iron on the 17th and saw Bekker fail to get up and down for par.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Arnaus, who pocketed €322,614 after losing twice in the play-offs in the last seven months.
Jonathan Caldwell was 71st on six over after a pair of 75s over the weekend while at the PGA Tour Mexican Open at Vidanta Graeme McDowell was 35th at the clubhouse on seven under after closing with a three under 68.
On the Ladies European Tour, Sweden’s Maja Stark shot 70 to win the Women’s NSW Open by five shots from compatriot Johanna Gustavsson on 15 under as Olivia Mehaffey closed with a 73 tied for 20th on one over.
In amateur golf, Jake Whelan of Grange is looking forward to the upcoming Flogas Irish Amateur Open at The Island after picking up an impressive seven-stroke win at the Munster Stroke Play Championship.
Fresh from winning last year’s Mullingar Scratch Trophy, the Dubliner started with rounds of 64 and 69 to take five ahead at Cork Golf Club before finishing with scores of 68 and 71 to win on a par 272 of under 16 against Gary O’Flaherty of Cork. (70, 67).
At Royal Lytham and St Annes, a bid from Castle’s Robert Moran to become Ireland’s first Lytham Trophy winner since Paul Cutler in 2010 ended in fourth place.
Moran held a four-under one-shot lead going into the final 36 holes yesterday before a triple bogey eight on the seventh, followed by a double bogey on the eighth in a third round 75, dashed his hopes.
He finished with a 73 to finish four strokes behind England’s John Gough (73, 70) on four from 284 as Malone’s Matthew McClean (73, 70) and Dundalk’s Eoin Murphy (69, 76) tied sixth out of six. In the Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup, Beth Coulter of Kirkistown Castle started with a course best 66 and followed that up with a 70 to win the prestigious trophy by 13 strokes from Kate Dwyer of Rossmore on 10 under.
Meanwhile, Knock’s Katie Poots shot rounds of 77, 77, 73 and 72 to claim the Fairhaven Girls Trophy by two strokes on one under as Roganstown’s Seán Keeling finished ninth in the men’s event, 10 strokes behind winner Ben Brown at normal level.