It’s the result that matters and the record books will show that Nacho Elvira recorded his first win on the European Tour at the Cazoo Open Supported by Gareth Bale, defeating Justin Harding after a one-hole playoff to win the tournament at -16.
Elvira, however, had an interesting path to his first win over his six-year career on the European Tour. Entering the final day of the tournament at Celtic Manor in Wales with a six-shot lead, the Spaniard shot an even-par 71 to allow Harding to tie him after 72 holes with a six-under 65 on Sunday.
After Elvira three-putted the 18th hole for a bogey when a par would’ve secured the title in regulation, Harding then three-putted the 18th himself when it was contested as the first playoff hole, which Elvira parred to win the trophy.
“I thought I had it all pretty much under control, and to be honest, I got pretty nervous on the last couple of putts on the regular 18th,” Elvira told Sky Sports afterward. “I was more calm in the playoff than I was on 18.”
Elvira, who won 191,597 Euros in prize money; debuted on the European Tour in 2014 before returning to the Challenge Tour in 2015, where he won three times. He’s been full-time on the European Tour since 2016 and was 0-2 in playoffs prior to Sunday at Celtic Manor.
Mikko Korhonen finished the third one stroke off the lead after a costly bogey on the 17th hole. Callum Shinkwin was fourth at -14, and Masahiro Kawamura placed fifth after carding a -12 over 72 holes.
The next stop on the European Tour is the ISPS HANDA World Invitational from Galgorm Castle & Massereene in Northern Ireland, but many European Tour pros will be competing at the Olympic tournament in Japan.
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