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Arnaus keeps his cool in the shoot-off to win the Catalunya C’ship

Spaniard Adri Arnaus beat Oliver Bekker on the sixth hole of the play-offs to win his first DP World Tour title in the Catalunya Championship.

A par 17 was enough for local favorite Arnaus to seal victory after South African Bekker was unable to get up and down just off the green.


The pair had finished tied at 11-under par and parried 18th five straight in the shoot-off before the action moved to 17th, the toughest hole on the course.

Arnaus was unable to convert a six-foot birdie putt to secure the victory in style, but Bekker then saw his par attempt catch the edge of the hole and stay out.

“Spending this week is so special,” Arnaus, who was born an hour away from PGA Catalunya in Barcelona, ​​told Sky Sports. “It’s been an incredible week.

“At the Spanish Open (last year) we were close and in the play-offs as well and this time we got it so I’m super happy.”

Arnaus, who also lost to fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal in a play-off for the MyGolfLife Open in South Africa in March, started the final round seven shots off the lead but ran across the field with an eagle and five birdies in a clean 65.

The 27-year-old then had to wait a long time to see if anyone could match or surpass his total, with Bekker and England’s Laurie Canter both at 11 under with two holes to play.

Canter’s chances were gone with a double bogey six on the 17th after a wild run, but Bekker brilliantly saved par by hitting his four-foot approach and another par on the last to complete a final lap 72.

Canter, who held the lead after following birdies on the first and second as he drilled 196 yards to eagle the third, had to settle for a share of third place alongside compatriot Richard McEvoy and Poland’s Adrian Meronk.

Jonathan Caldwell of Northern Ireland was six over par after closing with a three from 75.