Rafa Cabrera Bellow beats Shinkwin in play-off to win Scottish Open

Rafa Cabrera Bellow beats Shinkwin in play-off to win Scottish Open

Rafa Cabrera Bellow beats Shinkwin in play-off to win Scottish Open

He claimed the title with a birdie at the first playoff hole. What a cruel sport golf can be.

Rafa Cabrera Bello took out the European Tour event in a play-off with Callum Shinkwin after the pair finished at 13-under par.

Leading by one standing on the 18th tee, a par on the closing hole would have given the 24-year-old from Watford a first tour triumph and cheque for nearly £900,000 which would have doubled his career earnings. A timorous putt then came to rest about five-feet from the hole.

Cabrera Bello piled the pressure on Shinkwin with a course-record 64 in the final round, but the 24-year from Watford had held his nerve until his late slip.

Cabrera-Bello is therefore worthy of more Open attention than would ordinarily have been the case.

Cabrera Bello's third European Tour title earned him a boost ahead of this week's Open Championship and made it consecutive wins for Spaniards on the circuit, following Jon Rahm's Irish Open success.

Padraig Harrington will return to Birkdale, where he won the 2008 Open, in fine spirits after a Sunday 66.

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Ian Poulter encountered trouble on the greens early in his fourth round and failed to find momentum thereafter.

Poulter could get nothing going and eventually finished with a 74, six behind the leaders.

Forget the flight across "The Pond" to the Big Apple, it's now all roads to Royal Birkdale for Queenslander Andrew Dodt.

"Yeah, tomorrow morning my wife and were meant to be off to NY, but pretty happy to be going to Birkdale and my first major", he said.

Henrik Stenson, who will defend the Claret Jug from Thursday, cut a downbeat figure despite signing off here with a 68.

"I found myself particularly on the back nine, just a little bit mentally tired", Dodt said. "The long game hasn't been in good shape for a long time". And 16 and 17 I hit great shots into the green but I guess they weren't close enough so I still missed them. It's a tricky one.

"Knowing that I performed well in The Ryder Cup, that's one of the most pressured situations in the world, really".

Shanshan Feng snapped a run of 23 consecutive pars with a birdie at the 18th to reclaim the lead over a wave of South Korean challengers heading into Sunday's final round of the US Women's Open at Trump National.

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