Elvira wins Wales Open, dedicates to slain golfer

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Nacho Elvira squandered a six-shot in a single day lead within the Wales Open and bogeyed the 18th gap earlier than rallying to beat Justin Harding in a playoff to win his first European Tour title on Sunday.

Elvira devoted his victory to Spanish golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was murdered in 2018.

Harding three-putted the primary further gap, the par-five 18th, to reward victory to Elvira, who had earlier made the identical mistake when a closing par would have secured the title at Celtic Manor.

“I believed I had all of it just about beneath management and to be trustworthy I bought fairly nervous on the final couple of putts on the common 18(th),” Elvira informed Sky Sports activities. “I used to be extra calm within the playoff than I used to be on 18.”

Elvira completed the ultimate spherical on a par 71 for a four-day whole of 16-under 268.

Finland’s Mikko Korhonen (66) and South Africa’s Harding (65) had each performed their first 15 holes of the ultimate spherical in 6-under par to share the lead on 16 beneath, with Elvira falling a shot behind after overlaying his first 14 holes in 1 over.

The 34-year-old Spaniard then drove the inexperienced on the brief par-four fifteenth to arrange a simple birdie and holed from 20 ft for one more on the seventeenth to retake the lead, solely to three-putt the final from 18 ft.

“To be trustworthy I used to be pondering particularly over the last 9 or 10 holes about Celia Barquin, she handed away just a few years in the past,” Elvira mentioned. “I used to be good buddies together with her household and that is for her.”

Barquin, who gained the European Women’ Newbie Championship in 2018, was a scholar at Iowa State College when she was discovered lifeless on a course within the state in September that 12 months. Collin Richards pleaded responsible to first-degree homicide and was sentenced to life in jail with out the potential for parole in August 2019.

Korhonen completed a shot exterior the playoff following a expensive bogey on the seventeenth, with England’s Callum Shinkwin one other stroke again in fourth.

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