European Tour: Rafa Cabrera Bello wins Open de Espana after beating Adri Arnaus at first play-off hole
The world No 231, without a worldwide top-10 finish since January, bounced back from an opening-hole double bogey to card a final-round 69 at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
Last Updated: 11/10/21 7:47am
Rafa Cabrera Bello ended his four-year endless run on the European Tour with a dramatic victory at the Acciona Open de Espana.
The world No 231, without a worldwide top-10 finish since January, bounced back from an opening-hole double bogey to card a final-round 69 at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.
Cabrera Bello took advantage of the par-five fourth and made three consecutive birdies from the 13th to force a play-off alongside Adri Arnaus, before beating his compatriot on the first extra hole.
"I came here in a pretty bad place with scores being not what I expect them to be and to be able to get momentum and turn it around and to walk out of here with a win means a lot to me," Cabrera Bello said. "Hopefully I can keep going and get back to the player I know I can be."
Arnaus made spectacular eagles on the seventh and 14th in a 67 that left him two shots ahead of Scotland's Grant Forrest, who picked up seven shots in his last seven holes as he came home in 28 for a closing 65.
England's Jack Senior finished at 16 under alongside Julien Guerrier and Shubhankar Sharma, a shot clear of countryman Richard Bland and Scotland's Marc Warren.
World No 1 Jon Rahm carded a closing 69 to finish six shots off the pace in tied-17th as his bid for a third consecutive win at this event fell short.
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