Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Spaniard Cabrera-Bello wins Scottish Open in playoff

Spaniard Cabrera-Bello wins Scottish Open in playoff

From there the 33-year-old chipped to three feet for a closing birdie and that proved enough for a play-off after Shinkwin dropped his only shot of the day on the last. The Indian golfer said after the initial holes he just could not get his game going.

Shinkwin's approach had finished in an nearly identical place as it had on the 72nd hole and after pitching over a bunker to seven feet, the 24-year-old again hit a tentative putt which came up short.

Cabrera-Bello's 64 on Sunday set a new course record before he held in his nerve during sudden death on the 18th to claim his first title since 2012.

Rory McIlroy practised early, and admitted afterwards that his efforts to get back on track following two missed halfway cuts in a row are being hampered by the fact he's still not completely recovered from the rib injury that disrupted the first half of his season.

"Obviously extremely happy. I had won before and I'd been up there so many times".

"I hit probably the worst shot I've hit as a pro followed by the best shot I've hit as a pro".

"I have been really working hard to get the third win to get under my belt".

"I'm frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week. Everything turned out the be fantastic".

"So it's really nice to obviously finish and see myself up there and hopefully I can stay there". "I mean, in the play-off, I really gave it a go and extremely pleased it worked out for me".

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

His victory, which will now move him in to the World's top 20, was the second consecutive Rolex Series and European Tour win for a Spaniard, as Jon Rahm won the Irish Open the previous week.

■ DANNY WILLETT admits he may need painkillers to get him through this week's Open at Royal Birkdale.

Dodt's challenge for the title faded after four bogeys on the back nine and he finished in a tie for fourth on eight under with a 73, although he took the third Open spot, edging out England's Anthony Wall by virtue of his higher world ranking - 193 to 245.

Shinkwin's consolation prize - as well as a £598,000 cheque - is a place in The Open at Royal Birkdale where he will be joined by Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who came third on 10 under thanks to a 66.

Dodt said "I found myself being really mentally tired". I don't know if he has ever been in the same position as he was today. I don't feel like I'm playing great but at least I posted a good score.

Dodt made the early running in the much calmer conditions on Sunday thanks to birdies at the first and fourth holes.

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