• Elvira triumphant after near-miss for Harding

    Elvira triumphant after near-miss for Harding
    Nacho Elvira

    Nacho Elvira claimed his first title on the European Tour after beating South Africa’s Justin Harding on the first playoff hole to win the Cazoo Open on Sunday.

    Elvira, 34, parred the first extra hole at Celtic Manor to secure his first victory at the 195th attempt.

    Harding and Finland’s Mikko Korhonen had both played their first 15 holes in six under par to share the lead on 16 under, with Elvira covering his first 14 holes in one over.

    The Spaniard then drove the green on the short par-four 15th to set up a birdie and holed from 20 feet for another on the 17th to retake the lead.

    However, he then three-putted the last from 18 feet to send the tournament into a play-off.

    Article written by

    Craig Lewis