Cabrera Bello snatches Scottish Open victory from Shinkwin

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

Having made the cut by a stroke, the Northern Irishman went into day four in a share of eighth place and picked up two shots, including a birdie at the 18th, as well as recording two bogeys, on Sunday.

Cabrera-Bello's approach, by contrast, was near ideal, and he left Shinkwin with a pressure putt from around six foot.

Dodt fell out contention on the back nine, carding a one-over par 73 to finish at eight-under.

Shinkwin will be joined by Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who finished third at -10, and Australian Andrew Dodt who was two shots further back. "I just tried to stay one shot at a time, just waiting for things to come to me and obviously I'm very, very pleased with the entire week". "I was starting to feel a little pressure every time I was up there contending".

"It was probably the worst shot I've hit as a pro followed by probably the best shot I've hit as a pro", said Fox.

The world number 31 birdied the final two holes in a stunning eight-under-par course record of 64 to put the pressure on Shinkwin, who just needed a par at the par-five 18th hole to win the tournament outright.

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As Spain's Rafael Cabrera Bello beat Englishman Callum Shinkwin in a play-off to win his first tournament since 2012, Dodt finished alongside New Zealand's Ryan Fox, Anthony Wall, Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar. To the Spaniard went the title, the $1,166,660 first-place check and a massive confidence boost going into this week's Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. I think I was overdue.

Fox is on the crest of a wave at present with a 6th place finish in France and a 4th place finish in Northern Ireland last week which earned him an Open Championship start.

Shinkwin was obviously disappointed, but the silver lining to his second place finish is the guarantee of a spot in The Open at Royal Birkdale next week. "Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week". "And out here, I can't get technical at all about where I want to hit it, what flight I hit, where I want to land it on the green". I knew the Open spot was right on the line.

"And to now being playing in my first Open, my first major and in my first full season is going to be very special and I am very happy".

"Of course, today was not the result I was seeking but I still like playing the week before".

Not since the scheduled Champions' Challenge at the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews had to be cancelled has a big event in Scotland witnessed such dire conditions.

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