Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello won his first European Tour title in more than five years, winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in dramatic fashion on Sunday.
He shot a course-record 64 on Sunday to tie Callum Shinkwin through 72 holes, then won it with a birdie on the first extra hole. Shinkwin did earn a spot in The Open Championship this week by finishing second. Also qualifying for the third Major of the year were France’s Matthieu Pavon and Australia’s Andrew Dodt.
“I’m extremely happy,” said Cabrera Bello. “I’ve won before and I have been up there so many, many times with things not really working out for myself. I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending.
“I really felt I played some of the best golf of my life today. In the play-off, I really gave it a go and I’m extremely pleased it worked out for me. Winning again, it’s an unbelievable feeling. I think I was overdue. I enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you.”
It was his first win since taking the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February of 2012. All three of his Euro Tour wins have come by one stroke.