Spain’s Nacho Elvira beat Justin Harding in a play-off at Celtic Manor to win his very first European Tour title at the Cazoo Open, a competition previously referred to as the Wales Open.
Elvira took a six-stroke introduce the last day on The Twenty Ten Course, yet was captured by the chasing pack as Callum Shinkwin, Mikko Korhonen and also Harding bet their insurance claims for the title. Of those providing chase, Harding climbed to the leading as he authorized for a 65 to establish the club target at 16 under.
Elvira, that rested on 17 under, and also was one under for the day when depended on the 18th tee, discovered the 72nd environment-friendly with his 3rd stroke after injuring on the par-five closing opening.
The 34-year-old had 2 putts for triumph, yet missed out on a three-footer returning after moving his very first past the opening, dealing with a play-off after touching in for bogey.
On the very first additional opening, both discovered the environment-friendly in 3 yet, after Elvira missed out on a birdie opportunity to win from 9 feet, Harding missed his effort at matching the Spaniard’s the same level to hand Elvira his very first title on his 195th European Tour beginning.
After virtually allowing the competition slip from his hands, an eased Elvira stated: “It was harder than I believed, it’s golf and also you need to play 72 openings. I was having fun with Callum, he was playing fantastic – he was striking at every pin and also attempting to capture some ground. I had a bit of an unsteady beginning and also awakened on number 6, after that began playing some strong golf. I missed out on a number of shots. I was attempting to be not as well hostile.
“I think the putter wasn’t as sharp today as it was the last two days, you could see that on 18, obviously. After six I was pretty relaxed until 18, the last three putts were tough. I don’t think I’ve ever been nervous, and I’m not ashamed to admit that. I was more relaxed in the play-off than I was in regulation. I hit a good drive, just a little bit left, and I didn’t catch a good lie – on the rough. I had good distance to go for it, but the lie wasn’t good enough. I saw Justin laid up, so decided to get a good yardage and try to hit a great shot – that’s what I did. After that I hit a great putt, just a little bit short.”
“Seve [Ballesteros] and José [María Olazábal] would probably have their heads in their hands if they had seen that last putt on 18. I hope they’re proud. I hope Seve would have been proud, and I hope José María is proud as well.”
Nacho Elvira – What’s in the Bag
Driver: Callaway Epic MAX LS (9°)
Fairways: Callaway Epic Speed (15°)
Utility: Callaway X Forged UT (21°)
Irons: Callaway Apex TCB 21, 3-PW
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 5 JAWS (50°, 54°, 58°)
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Long Island